The bill before the committee is easily one of the most consequential pieces of legislation this session. As introduced, HB 749 would:
- Prohibit a political subdivision from spending public funds 1) to hire an individual required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 305 of the Texas Government Code for the purpose of legislative advocacy, or 2) to pay a nonprofit association or organization that primarily represents governmental interests and hires or contracts with an individual required to register as a lobbyist under Chapter 305.
- Provide that if a political subdivision is engaged in prohibited activity, a taxpayer or resident of that entity is entitled to injunctive relief to prevent any further activity or expenditures. A taxpayer or resident who prevails is entitled to recover reasonable attorney’s fees.
Testimony Before the Texas House Committee on State Affairs