Intergovernmental Relations
10:00 AM, Thursday, May 13, 2010
Dallas City Hall, Dallas, Texas
Senator Royce West
The Senate Intergovernmental Relations Committee will meet on Thursday,
May 13, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Dallas City Hall, City Council Chambers, 6th
floor, located at 1500 Marilla, Dallas, TX 75201.  The Committee will
hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charges:
Senate Interim Charge 3:
Review the process and costs for local governments to make government
information available online. Consider ways to encourage local governments
to provide more transparency, including the Comptroller's experience with
transparency and her offer to assist local governments, and consider
penalties for entities that fail to comply with the online requirement.
Senate Interim Charge 5:
Study the reasons for and the impacts of hospitals directly hiring
physicians. Examine practices in other states. Make recommendations, if
needed, to permit hospitals to directly hire physicians.
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 authority.
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 9:
Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate
Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, 81st Legislature, Regular and
Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to
improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
-Monitor the use of the expanded funds provided by the 81st Legislature to
the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Public Testimony will be limited to 3 minutes per person.