TML PRESENTS AWARDS TO FOUR LAWMAKERS
During the recent Texas Municipal League Annual Conference in Fort Worth, the League recognized four lawmakers who have consistently supported cities and defended municipal authority.
Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) and Representative Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) each received a Legislator of the Year Award for their efforts during the 81st session of the Texas Legislature.
First elected to the Texas Senate in 1996 after serving three terms in the Texas House of Representatives, Senator Carona is the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee and serves on three other Senate committees (Criminal Justice, Jurisprudence, and State Affairs). Prior to being elected to the Senate, Senator Carona served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. During the 81st regular session, Senator Carona led the fight to enact the Local Option Transportation Act, an initiative that would have authorized local option, vote-approved funding mechanisms for transportation projects. He is a consistent advocate for local control.
Representative Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1981 and has served 14 terms. He is the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and serves on the powerful House State Affairs Committee. During the 81st regular session, Representative Oliveira passed legislation that extended the authority of cities to grant tax abatements, without which tax abatement authority would have expired this year. He also led the House Ways and Means Committee in the study and ultimate passage of appraisal reform legislation.
The League also presented Distinguished Legislative Service Awards to Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) and Representative Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) for their service to Texas cities during the 81st session of the Texas Legislature.
Senator Davis is serving in her first term in the Texas Senate after serving as a member of the Fort Worth City Council. She is a member of four Senate committees: Education, International Relations and Trade, Transportation and Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs and Military Installations. During the 81st regular session, Senator Davis passed important legislation related to informing voters about municipal ballot measures. She is a consistent advocate for local control.
Representative Carol Alvarado was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2008 after serving on the Houston City Council. While a Houston councilmember, Ms. Alvarado served as president of the League. She is a member of three House committees: Urban Affairs, Land and Resource Management, and Redistricting. During the 81st regular session, Representative Alvarado worked to promote and protect municipal authority in the face of numerous attempts to erode local control.
We hope that city leaders across Texas will express their appreciation to these outstanding leaders for their dedication to Texas cities.