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Texas Municipal
Law and Procedure Manual

by Alan Bojorquez
NEW sixth edition, supplemented annually

Note: the fifth edition of this manual will no longer be supplemented

About the Author

Table of Contents

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NOW AVAILABLE IN TWO FORMATS!

This publication is available in both the classic hard copy version (with annual invoiced supplements) or in a new online annual subscription version. Purchase either, or both!

Hard copy option: Encased in hardcover 3-ring binder; dimensions (in inches): 3.75 x 10 x 10. Annual supplements for the printed version of this manual will be sent with an invoice.

Online access option: A subscription offers ONE YEAR OF ACCESS to the Texas Municipal Law & Procedure Manual online, hosted by Franklin Legal Publishing. This online publication is searchable, and limited printing is available. NOTE: This is a SINGLE-USER license. Owner will be emailed annually with a reminder to renew their online access subscription (see order form/online store listing for renewal rates).

 

About the Texas Municipal Law & Procedure Manual

AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE

As a Texas city mayor, administrator, municipal clerk, attorney, finance director, risk manager, human resource director, police chief, or council member, have you ever faced one of these questions:

  • What steps can you take to reduce your city's exposure to litigation?
  • What are your responsibilities in the budgeting process?
  • What procedure should be followed before hiring or firing an employee?
  • How should the Planning & Zoning Board operate?
  • What are the duties of the Board of Adjustment?
  • How do you comply with Open Records regulations?
  • What municipal records should be kept?
  • How does the Voting Rights Act apply to your city?
  • What bonds are required for a public works contract?
  • What happens when a Council member resigns?
  • How do you comply with the Open Meetings Act?
  • Can the Mayor vote?
  • What checks and balances should you have on money paid for fees and fines?
  • When can you hold a closed or executive meeting of City Council?

If so, you need the Texas Municipal Law and Procedure Manual!

 

UP-TO-DATE

NEW AND AMENDED STATUTES, recent cases, and attorney general opinions affecting municipalities.

Hardcopy version: An annual supplement and 3-ring binder format keeps your manual current without pocket parts. When you purchase the hardcopy version of the Texas Municipal Law and Procedure Manual, you will receive automatic annual supplements with an invoice.

Annual online subscription version: Access to the latest content of the Texas Municipal Law and Procedure Manual online.

 

SAVES TIME

PRACTICAL, EASY TO USE. Written specifically for the Texas municipal official by a Texas attorney. Contains practical advice and forms needed in the daily administration of a municipality.

 

COMPREHENSIVE

INCLUDES DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND AUTHORITY of mayor, governing body members, city secretary, finance director, municipal judge, human resource director, and boards and commissions members.

 

THE ONLY TEXAS LEGAL MANUAL OF ITS KIND

No other publication in Texas provides such in-depth, practical information on such a broad variety of municipal subjects.

“I can’t imagine the resource library in any city hall being complete without the Texas Municipal Law and Procedure Manual. All of our city departments, including the Legal Department, use the manual as a handy guide for answers to questions that arise every day during the regular course of business serving the citizens of our community.”
Mary Lynne Stratta, TRMC, City Secretary, City of Bryan

“The Manual is an excellent reference for city secretaries and other city officials. The major municipal topics are concisely and effectively summarized in the manual, and it is frequently the ‘go-to’ source for municipal law questions.”
Scott Houston, General Counsel, Texas Municipal League

“It is a first-rate tutorial and handbook, saving me lots of time on training new employees.”
Michelle Fischer, City Administrator, City of Dripping Springs

“The Texas Municipal Law and Procedure Manual is the first reference for questions we have regarding all areas of city government. While we struggle with the answers needed to political questions, the Manual clearly defines what our responses should be to the technical questions we face.”
Edward Broussard, City Manager, City of Hutto

 

Sixth Edition Table of Contents

Title I. ADMINISTRATION

Chapter 1

Government Formation

Chapter 2

Vacancies and Elections

Chapter 3

Ordinances, Resolutions, and Proclamations

Chapter 4

Ethics

Chapter 5

Human Resources

Chapter 6

Litigation

Title II. OPEN GOVERNMENT

Chapter 7

Conducting Meetings

Chapter 8

Open Meetings

Chapter 9

Open Records

Chapter 10

Records Retention

Title III. FINANCES

Chapter 11

Budgets and Finances

Chapter 12

Revenue and Debt

Chapter 13

Purchasing and Construction

Chapter 14

Property – Real and Personal

Chapter 15

Economic Development

Title IV. CODE ENFORCEMENT

Chapter 16

Code Officials and Civil Tribunals

Chapter 17

Municipal Courts

Chapter 18

Health and Safety

Title V. LAND USE

Chapter 19

Annexation & ETJ

Chapter 20

Building Codes

Chapter 21

Signs

Chapter 22

Subdivisions

Chapter 23

Zoning

Chapter 24

Grandfathering

Chapter 25

Board of Adjustment

Title VI. PUBLIC SAFETY

Chapter 26

Public Safety Departments

Chapter 27

Animal Control

Title VII. PUBLIC WORKS

Chapter 28

Parks

Chapter 29

Transportation

Chapter 30

Utilities

Chapter 31

Special Districts

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alan Bojorquez   Alan J. Bojorquez is a noted municipal lawyer in Texas. Through the Bojorquez Law Firm, PC, Alan serves as City Attorney or Special Counsel for general-law and home-rule municipalities across the state. Before going into private practice, he was a staff attorney for the Texas Municipal League. Alan graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Public Administration, and Doctor of Jurisprudence. He is on the Board of Directors of the Texas City Attorneys Association, and is Texas Chairperson for the International Municipal Lawyers Association.

 

 

 

 
             
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