As the 87th Texas Legislature concluded on Memorial Day, May 31, TPA Legislative Advisory Committee officials were confident the biennial barrage of legislation threatening public notice in newspapers would not make it through the final hours.
TPA Executive Vice President Donnis Baggett credited the work of Texas newspaper publishers in contacting their legislators, testifying in Austin, filing comments online and publishing columns and editorials to make the case for keeping public notices in newspapers.
“Newspapers remain the gold standard for public notice,” Baggett said.
A full update on the legislative session by LAC Chairman Bill Patterson and Baggett is part of the upcoming TPA Convention and Trade Show in Austin June 10-12.
As reported in a related story, Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will call a special session in the fall for redistricting and to give the legislature input on how $16 billion in Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Relief federal funds will be allocated.