With the 86th Texas Legislature clearly in the rearview mirror, some local leaders are asking: What happened?

Local leaders in the days after the legislative session ended decried several bills eliminating municipalities’ ability to regulate local issues. But the bigger question is how representatives and state leaders allowed the bills to move forward in the first place, officials said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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Diane Turski

Local Control = Local Accountability!! What is perfectly clear is that Larry Taylor is NOT properly representing his local constituents!! Vote Larry Taylor OUT!!!

Gary Scoggin

"Another representative, Rep. Mayes Middleton, blamed the issues local leaders were having on lobbyists. “This demonstrates a key problem with taxpayer-funded lobbyists that local governments hire,” he said." Two questions: 1. Were the lobbyists hired by local governments advocating for LESS local control? 2. Lobbyists aside, how did he personally vote on these bills?

Bailey Jones

It does sound sort of ridiculous, doesn't it?

Carlos Ponce

"how did he personally vote on these bills?" https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/177415/mayes-middleton

Carlos Ponce

House Bill 2439 - https://legiscan.com/TX/rollcall/HB2439/id/870602 Middleton voted "Aye".

Carlos Ponce

House Bill 852: https://legiscan.com/TX/rollcall/HB852/id/844750 Middleton voted "AYE".

Michael Moriarty

I guess I was wrong when I thought the Republicans stood for smaller, less interfering Federal Government!

Carlos Ponce

You're not wrong, Michael. The Republicans do stand for smaller less interfering FEDERAL government. This article does not cover FEDERAL law at all but state laws that remove interfering municipal laws off individuals. Power to the people - not city hall.

Timothy Thompson

Srsly, you do not see the irony here, you think this is fine? Republicans rail against the big, bad Federal Gov't interfering with States' Rights but it's okay for the Texas State gov't to interfere in the local rights of cities & municipalities? The People ELECT the leaders of City Hall!! This logic is why I agree with Michael Moriarty, I don't understand Republicans.

Don Schlessinger

Maybe state government is trying to protect Texans from LOCAL government. Someone has to.

Gary Scoggin

It’s the voters’ job to protect themselves from local government.

Don Schlessinger

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Timothy Thompson

It's only because the Texas state gov't is heavily Republican that you're saying that, if it were Democrats you'd say the cities have to protect themselves from the crazy Liberals. Again, you guys think it's fine for the State of Texas to tell the cities what to do, because they're supposedly protecting "The People," but you don't think it's okay for the Federal Gov't to tell the states what to do. Sorry, to me that's hypocrisy, why don't you guys just admit it, it's not about "The People" or individual rights, it's simply Republicans vs. Democrats, i.e. partisanship, like it's always been. Well, enjoy it while it lasts, all the data points to Texas eventually switching to Blue, perhaps in the next 15 to 20yrs, forgot what the timeline is. =)

Timothy Thompson

Hmm, I always thought Republicans were in favor of more local autonomy, i.e. they don't like it when the Federal Gov't tries to tell the states what to do, they see it as infringing on States' Rights, I guess for Abbott & Patrick & the other Texas Republicans that doesn't extend to cities' rights, i.e., "don't do as I do, do as I say." Sorry, to me this is a huge load of b.s., & a lot of hypocrisy, but guess what, politics is power, & the state legislature clearly has more power than the cities & local jurisdictions, so it's no surprise they're doing this.

Carlos Ponce

"local autonomy," - Can't get any more LOCAL than individual rights!

Timothy Thompson

"Individuals" elect leaders to serve in the city government, individual people do not have the right to do whatever the heck they feel like doing, that is the basic defnition of anarchy, where everybody gets to do what they want. This is just Libertarianism taken to an extreme, it's impractical, again, "The People" elect their local leaders, if they don't like what they are doing then they can vote them out of office, having the "big, bad" State gov't come in & change local City laws is no different than having the "big, bad" Federal gov't come in & change State laws, if I'm wrong then please point out where I'm wrong.

Carlos Ponce

Power to the People!

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