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STATE AGENDA

general business

  • Supports monitoring and defending eminent domain authority to allow the planning and development of private and public infrastructure for energy, water, transportation, and expanded multimodal transportation corridors.

 

  • Supports legislation and/or regulatory actions that would protect the authority of municipalities and local government entities to address the unique needs of their communities, including any prohibition of advocacy and/or communicating community priorities with legislators. 

 

  • Supports legislation that addresses businesses' and other affected entities' concerns about liability protections while operating during a pandemic. Any such liability protections should be retroactive to December 2019 so long as reasonable efforts were taken to comply with applicable government standards and public health guidance.

  • Supports legislation to increase financial investment, promote public and private collaboration, and remove barriers to bridging the digital divide, including infrastructure deployment and access to high-speed internet services.

    • Policies and practices that require public entities to collaborate with private Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) when addressing connectivity concerns for their constituents.

    • Significant investments should be dedicated to ensuring that every student have access to needed technology and access to high-speed internet.

    • Infrastructure spending should be prioritized toward expanding high-speed internet access to all communities across Texas.

    • Development of public/private partnerships with governmental entities and ISPs to leverage public assess and create neighborhood access for low-income families.

    • Creation of a State Broadband Office to develop a State Broadband Plan and secure federal funding for broadband data collection and infrastructure projects.
       

  • Urges the legislature to examine the impacts of the unprecedented winter storm and the subsequent power and water outages, as well as address the current and future mitigation costs for our education systems, businesses, and our ratepayers, both residential and business.​