Why do cities need a voice in Austin? Cities provide the majority of public services that citizens depend on, such as: fire and police protection, roads and infrastructure work, right-of-way management, parks and recreation services, and much more. No other entity is affected by the legislature more than cities. With so many bills aimed at city services, city officials develop legislative agendas to outline priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The City of Sugar Land relies on the Office of Intergovernmental Relations and a lobby team to help them partner with the State of Texas and other governmental entities, pass legislation that benefits the public, navigate the legislative process, and identify funding opportunities.