EPCCC Board of Directors passes Resolution opposed to HB 749 & SB 234 but in support of HB3687

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EPCCC Board of Directors passes Resolution opposed to HB 749 & SB 234 but in support of HB3687

WHEREAS, THE EAST PARKER COUNTY CHAMBER (HEREINAFTER EPCCC) REPRESENTS MORE THAN 2500 BUSINESSES AND 6500 EMPLOYEES IN EAST PARKER COUNTY, AND

WHEREAS, THE EPCCC RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF THE USE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS BY A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION, AND

WHEREAS, THE EPCCC ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT IT IS CRITICAL FOR A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION TO REPRESENT AND COMMUNICATE THE INTERESTS OF ITS CONSTITUENTS TO THE LEGISLATORS, AND

WHEREAS, DUE TO THE SIZE OF NUMEROUS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, THEY DO NOT HAVE THE STAFF NOR RESOURCES TO ADEQUATELY REPRESENT THEIR CONSTITUENT BASE TO THE LEGISLATURE. THEY PARTNER WITH NONPROFIT STATE ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO ENSURE THE VOICES OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS ARE HEARD, AND

WHEREAS, BASED ON HOW HB 749 AND SB 234 ARE WRITTEN, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION COULD NOT BE MEMBERS OF THEIR LOCAL CHAMBERS DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE CHAMBER WAS A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAD A LOBBYIST ON STAFF, AND

WHEREAS, BASED ON HOW HB 749 AND SB 234 ARE WRITTEN, A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION CANNOT UTILIZE THE RESOURCES AND STAFF OF A STATE ASSOCIATION OR OTHER NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION TO ENSURE THAT THE VOICES OF THEIR CONSTIUENTS ARE HEARD. THIS HAS A NUMBER OF CONSEQUENCES FOR SMALLER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, MOST IMPORTANTLY RESTRICTING THE RIGHT OF THEIR CONSTIUENTS’ INTERESTS TO BE HEARD.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EAST PARKER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ARE OPPOSED TO HB 749 AND SB 234,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE EAST PARKER COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ARE IN FAVOR OF HB 3687.

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