Intergovernmental Relations Program
As directed by the City Council, the City of San Marcos participates in state and federal legislative processes by monitoring and advocating for or against policies to support, safeguard, protect and enhance the interests of residents and businesses.
The Intergovernmental Relations Program is guided by the core values found in the City Charter's Statement of Goals and the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statements.
As part of the program, city representatives have visited the Texas State Capitol and Washington, D.C. They've also met with state and federal elected officials including U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, and State Rep. Erin Zwiener.
87th Texas Legislative Session
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About Community Advocacy
Thousands of bills are filed each session. In the 87th Texas Legislative Session alone, more than 5,000 bills have been introduced by lawmakers across the state, and many of those carry potential impacts for the City of San Marcos, its residents, and its businesses. The City's staff and elected officials lean on community advocate organizations like the Texas Municipal League (TML) and contracted firms to track each piece of legislation, understand its implications, and act in the best interest of the community.
Click here to visit TML's "Our Home, Our Decisions" website and learn more about community advocacy and why it's important for decisions that affect our residents to be made at the local level.