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3 Document(s) [ Subject: Initiative and referendum ]

Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Affordable housing | Ballots | Bond elections | Emergency management | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of | Initiative and referendum | Local government debt | Municipal annexation | Municipal government | Municipalities | Public improvement districts | Public notices | Racial discrimination | Supreme Court decisions, U.S. |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 L786
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [31 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Annexation: Identify areas of concern in regards to statutory extraterritorial jurisdiction expansion and the processes used by municipalities for annexation, specifically reviewing whether existing statute strikes the appropriate balance between safeguarding private property rights and encouraging orderly growth and economic development. Make recommendations for legislative action, if necessary.
2. Local Ordinance Integrity: Examine the processes used by home rule municipalities to adopt ordinances, rules, and regulations, including those initiated by petition and voter referendum. Determine if additional statutory safeguards are necessary to ensure that ballot language accurately describes proposed initiatives. Identify ways to improve transparency and make recommendations, if needed, to ensure that local propositions and the means by which they are put forth to voters, conform with existing state law.
3. Disaster Preparedness Planning and Coordination: Review natural disaster preparedness planning and coordination in the wake of a growing range of threats. Evaluate whether existing processes maximize regional cooperation to rebuild housing and infrastructure, and allow for the timely dissemination of funds to units of local governments for reconstruction following a federal declaration. Develop recommendations, if necessary, to improve the efficiency of disaster recovery efforts, incorporating best practices identified from other states, as well as lessons-learned from past reconstruction efforts in Texas.
4. Municipal Management Districts: Study the means by which the Texas Legislature reviews the creation of municipal management districts (MMDs) by special law to determine if different processes should be used to evaluate new MMDs created within populated or developed areas from those created over undeveloped areas. Identify ways to better assess how the services and improvements of a proposed Page 5 of 5 MMD within populated or developed areas will supplement and enhance those provided by other local governments, as well as if the territory of the proposed MMD encompasses or overlaps area that is already within other assessment or taxing entities. Make recommendations, if necessary, to improve the notice provided to individuals and businesses within populated or developed areas proposed for inclusion in an MMD.
5. Supreme Court ICP Ruling: Review existing statute and rules that govern the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs in light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. vs. TDHCA, et al. and recommend if any modifications are necessary to conform to the decision.
6. Debt Transparency in the Voting Booth: Examine ways to improve government accountability in elections regarding the issuance of public debt. Include a review of the information that is currently provided to individuals in the voting booth and provide statutory recommendations, if necessary, to improve transparency.
Committee: Senate Initiative and Referendum, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Interim Committee on Initiative and Referendum : final report to the 75th Legislature.
Subjects: Elections | Initiative and referendum |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 in5
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [288 pages  File size: 14,145 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The Interim Committee shall study and make recommendations regarding the use of initiative and referendum in Texas. The Interim Committee should include in its study: the extent to which initiative and/or referendum are curently used in Texas and other states; methods used in other states to limit the number of initiative and referendum measures on the ballot for any one election; methods used in other states to limit initiative and referendum ballot measures to major public policy decisions or to prohibit frivolous or minor issues from being placed on the ballot; the costs associated with initiative and referendum and methods used to fund those expenses; methods used in other states to inform the public regarding iniative and referendum measures on the ballot; and methods used in other states to prohibit initiative and referendum campaigns from being dominated by special interest money.
Committee: House Constitutional Amendments
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments, the Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Initiative and referendum |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 c766
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [24 pages  File size: 1,187 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Compile a list of the issues submitted to the voters in states where any type of initiative and referendum powers exist and compar the social and economic climate of those states with those having no laws related to initiative and referendum

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