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Relating to the use by a county or municipality of public money for lobbying activities.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 10 would prohibit a municipality or county from spending any public money or providing compensation in any manner to directly or indirectly influence or attempt to influence the outcome of any legislation except under specific circumstances outlined in the bill.
SB 10 further prohibits the governing body of a county or municipality from establishing a nonprofit organization that would behave like a lobbying group to advocate for or against or
otherwise influences or attempts to influence the outcome of
The bill would not prevent an officer or employee of a county from providing information to a member of the legislature nor prevent an elected officer or an employee of a county or municipality from advocating for or against legislation.
A taxpayer or resident would be able to seek injunctive relief if the county or municipality engages in this prohibited activity and would be entitled to recover applicable fees and costs.
Texas Action supports SB 10 because it would increase individual liberty and limit government by placing parameters around the practice sometimes known as taxpayer funded lobbying. Local governments should not spend public funds for the purpose of lobbying the legislature for permission to extract more revenue from their taxpayers.