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File #: 20-6580   
Type: Miscellaneous Item
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 11/12/2020
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the City's State Legislative Program for the 87th State Legislative Session. [Carlos Contreras, Assistant City Manager; Jeff Coyle, Director, Government & Public Affairs]
Attachments: 1. Draft Ordinance, 2. 87th Legislative Program - updated, 3. Ordinance 2020-11-12-0831
DEPARTMENT: Government & Public Affairs

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jeff Coyle

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide

SUBJECT:
State Legislative Program for the 87th Texas Legislative Session

SUMMARY:
This ordinance approves the City of San Antonio's 2021 State Legislative Program for the 87th Texas Legislative Session, which begins January 12, 2021.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
The Texas Legislature meets every two years in odd numbered years. The 87th Texas Legislative Session begins on January 12, 2021.

Prior to the convening of each regular Texas Legislative Session, the City of San Antonio identifies policy priorities and legislative initiatives that it would like to have addressed by the Legislature. These priorities and initiatives are codified in a City of San Antonio State Legislative Program. The City's Government & Public Affairs (GPA) Department began the process of identifying the issues for the upcoming session by working with City departments and community partners to consider recommendations to for inclusion in the draft of the City's proposed State Program. A draft program was presented to the Intergovernmental Relations Council Subcommittee on November 2, 2020. A briefing on the proposed program was provided to City Council at the November 4, 2020, B Session.

The City's 87th legislative program priorities are issues staff and consultants will actively support or opposed through the drafting of legislation and amendments, finding bill sponsor(s), providing testimony, and/or actively pursuing legislative action. Proposed priorities include:

o Police accountability and transparency
o Public health investments
o Broadband accessibility and affordability
o Domestic violence prevention
o Economic and workforce recovery
o Pre-K through college education funding
o Preserving local decision making
The State Legislative Program is designed to be strategic and impactful, align with the priorities of San Antonio residents, preserve the authority of those elected ...

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