AUSTIN, TX – Yesterday, interim charges for the Senate Committee on Inter-Governmental Relations (“IGR”) were announced, identifying six areas for the Committee to examine. One such area is local ordinance integrity. The IGR Committee will review the statutory safeguards for the adoption of local ordinances and recommend improvements.

“It is likely that city governments are, right now, enacting ordinances, rules, and regulations that do not conform to state law—and that’s a big problem,” said Allegra Hill, Policy Analyst with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “It is absolutely essential that city governments observe and respect the primacy of state law, regardless of their own ideology or outside pressure from special interest groups.

“Local control is not a license to trample on liberty, nor is it permission to pass local laws that go against state statutes. The IGR Committee’s attention to this issue is very much warranted.”
 
For more information or to request an interview with Ms. Hill, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.

Allegra Hill is a Policy Analyst with the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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