The City of Austin adopts a Legislative program that prioritizes its interactions with state and federal governing bodies. The City Council has approved its 2019 State Legislative Agenda which identifies the legislative priorities for the City of Austin for the 86th Legislative Session and has also approved its 2018 Federal Legislative Agenda which identifies the legislative priorities for the City of Austin for the 115th Congress.

Federal Legislative Agenda, 116th Congress

  • The City of Austin’s Federal Legislative Program focuses on policies and legislation that impact the City of Austin. 
  • The City of Austin opposes any legislative or regulatory actions that:
    • Erode the home rule authority of municipalities,
    • Constrain the ability of the City of Austin to allocate resources to areas of locally determined concern, or
    • Preempt City of Austin authority in matters generally and traditionally the domain of local government.
  • The City of Austin supports policies and legislation that:
    • Provide an equitable distribution of federal funds,
    • Address the concerns and needs of large metropolitan center cities in the areas of transportation, public safety, affordable housing, vibrant and healthy neighborhoods, energy and the environment,
    • Recognize the important role of strong central cities play in our nation’s economy and as innovators in broad areas of public policy,
    • Provide a solid safety net for economically vulnerable populations, and
    • Recognize the challenge of climate change and the need to develop economically sustainable ways to address it.

State Legislative Agenda, 86th Session

  • The City of Austin’s 86th State Legislative Agenda reflects the City’s priorities for efficient and cost-effective government services that foster Austin’s prosperity, sustainability and safety.  The City of Austin supports legislation that enhances City services, reduces the cost of providing services, prioritizes a prosperous business climate and improves the quality of life for its residents.  The City of Austin opposes legislation that strips Austin residents of their right to self-governance, increases taxpayer costs for City services that residents rely on, undermines the principle of home rule, negatively affects the City’s financial ability to act in the best interest of its residents, or imposes on Austin taxpayers the burden of paying for State mandates or collecting revenues for the State.