Involuntary Annexation Reform

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Annexation occurs when one city expands its boundaries to take in new, outlying territory and residents. The policy issue arises however, when cities annex areas without giving the affected property owners a right to vote on the issue. Unfortunately, this is currently legal under Texas Local Government Code Chapter 43.

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Public Pension Reform

Over the years, more than one-dozen local retirement systems have successfully petitioned the Legislature to codify certain aspects of their pension plans in state law, including provisions related to “contribution rates, benefit levels and the composition of their board of trustees.” By establishing their plan provisions in state statute, these select systems have erected a major political barrier to local oversight and control.

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Special Purpose District Reform

Special purpose districts (SPDs) are the most numerous unit of government in Texas, yet many people know relatively little about their function, structure, or governance, earning them the nickname: Invisible Governments.

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Liberty is the principle, local control is the preference.

- James Quintero