State Legislative Program
Cities and local governments are the governments closest to the people - providing services that citizens rely on such as police and fire protection, emergency medical services, streets and traffic management, solid waste services, water, and wastewater treatment, stormwater management, parks and recreation centers, animal control, and a host of other services that help to maintain a community and its quality of life.
It's these quality amenities, which are a part of a planned and deliberate approach, that set us apart and make Sugar Land different and unique. They are what continue to attract residents, businesses, and visitors to our city. It’s the “Sugar Land Way,” and it is important that we are able to continue to prioritize the investments that support the outstanding quality of life that our residents have come to expect. In fact, a recent citizen satisfaction survey found that ninety-seven percent (97%) of respondents believe that Sugar Land is either an “excellent” or “good” place to live.
As such, the Texas Legislature has the power to touch every aspect of city government, in both positive and negative ways. Therefore, the City has developed a legislative program that aims to empower the City to make local decisions necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens while opposing any measure that would diminish the City’s ability to function effectively or that would erode its authority to govern over its own local affairs in the best interest of our residents.
Accordingly, as part of the City's Intergovernmental Relations program, the City Council has prepared a Legislative Agenda for the 87th Texas Legislature, which will begin in January 2021. The Legislative Agenda is the backbone of all efforts contained within our Legislative Program. The purpose of the Legislative Agenda is to provide state elected leaders with the City Council's position on legislative topics that will be discussed and debated during the 2021-2022 biennium.
The Legislative Agenda also provides direction to city intergovernmental relations staff on which issues to monitor and how to respond to proposed legislation that could impact the City – all with the goal of ensuring the City is able to pursue and implement the priorities of Sugar Land residents.