Shelby Sterling, JD, is a policy analyst for the Government for the People campaign at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Home-rule municipalities in Texas have fairly broad discretion to place initiatives before voters; however, the system for local elections lacks uniformity across the state because each municipality’s charter governs its local elections. Change in the legal requirements of local election processes are long overdue. House Bill 782 proposes reforms that are needed.
Testimony Before the House Committee on Elections