By Elna Christopher
Director of Media Relations
Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton) picked up several new co-authors for his HJR 56, the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit most future unfunded mandates, since we last reported.
As of 11 a.m. April 8, there are 95 authors and co-authors in the House, representing a bi-partisan group of legislators. This is only five short of the 100 members needed for passage of a constitutional amendment.
Please thank your representative if he or she is on the list of authors and co-authors. These lawmakers are standing tall for a very important aspect of local control — that being: the state should not send down mandates to local governments without funding.
There are still 55 House members who have not signed on. If your representative is on this list and you have not approached him or her to ask about being a co-author, please do so.
As of 11 a.m. April 8, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) had received resolutions supporting HJR 56 from 232 counties, with several more placing it on their commissioners court agendas the week of April 11 — which, by the way, is County Government Week. If your county has a blank beside it instead of a date or “on agenda,” please pass a supportive resolution so that all 254 counties show solidarity for HJR 56. TAC has prepared a sample that includes both HJR 56 and its Senate companion, SJR 17, by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas).
The House State Affairs Committee recently passed HJR 56 out of committee. SJR 17 has been assigned to Senate State Affairs, but no hearing has been set yet.