Intergovernmental Relations
11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 23, 2010
2E.20 (Betty King Cmte. Rm.)
Senator Royce West
The Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee will meet on Tuesday,
February 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in 2E.20 (Betty King Room).  The
Committee will hear invited testimony only on the following interim

Senate Interim Charge 2:
Monitor the proliferation of municipal utility districts (MUDs)
outside the corporate limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction of
municipalities and whether increased oversight of these districts by other
political subdivisions is needed.  Review the process for the creation of
municipal utility districts (MUDs) through the template developed during
the 81st Legislative Session, including any changes needed to increase the
efficiency and oversight over the creation of proposed districts.  Review
the process for creating special districts, including whether the
creation of a template, similar to the one created for municipal utility
districts (MUDs), is feasible and would enable the legislature to more
effectively evaluate other proposed special districts during future
Senate Interim Charge 4:
Assess ways to facilitate property ownership registration to better
enable individuals to participate in federal programs and make
recommendations to improve processing times to provide improved access to
Senate Interim Charge 6:
Review state and local policies related to development and growth in
rural and unincorporated regions of the state with regard to annexation
and zoning authority.  Focus on impacts to private property rights.
Determine the appropriateness of existing extraterritorial jurisdiction
authority.  Make recommendations regarding possible changes to this
Senate Interim Charge 7:
Review the types of support state government can provide to assist
local government consolidations with county governments.  Evaluate budget
implications for city and county government consolidations.  Research the
appropriateness and cost savings of eliminating duplicity between city and
county governments in different regions of the state.

Senate Interim Charge 8:
Review the statutory authority granted to municipal management
management districts (MMDs) and to emergency service districts (ESDs), the
authority of municipalities and counties to create public improvement
districts (PIDs).  Determine whether the authority granted for each entity
is adequate to accomplish the goals of local governments.  Assess whether
the consolidation of ESDs under one statute would improve uniformity and
provision of fire and emergency services through these districts.
No public testimony will be taken at this hearing.  Invited testimony only.
** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **