By Elna Christopher
Director of Media Relations
Support continues to swell among Texas counties for HJR 56, the unfunded mandates constitutional amendment filed by Rep Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton).
As of noon Friday, March 18, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) had received resolutions from 208 counties. If your county has already passed a resolution but there is no date of passage on this list for you, that means TAC has not received it. So please either e-mail a signed copy to or fax to Elna Christopher at (512) 478-3573.
If your county has not yet passed a resolution, please set it on your next commissioners court agenda. Here is a sample for you. Otherwise, TAC will soon be phoning your county!
The calls that county officials are making to House members requesting their co-authorship of HJR 56 have been working. As of noon Friday, March 18, there are 84 House members signed on. Two lawmakers told a group of county judges visiting the Capitol on March 17 that they will sign on; another said he will not. So there still is follow-up and education to do with some legislators!
If your representative is on the list of lawmakers who have not signed on, please send him or her a copy of your resolution and ask for support as a co-author. Remember, it takes 100 votes to pass a constitutional amendment in the House. HJR 56 has been heard in House State Affairs and is still pending. The Senate companion, SJR 17 by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) has been referred to Senate State Affairs, but no hearing has been set yet.