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Here’s how you can be involved in creating Sugar Land’s legislative agenda

Want to have a hand in shaping Sugar Land’s legislative priorities? Applications for the Legislative Citizens Task Force (LTF) are open through May 8 at 11:59 p.m.

The program’s goal is to provide a public engagement component to the creation of the city’s legislative agenda. The LTF will examine specific legislative issues that impact the way the city provides public services.

The 13-member LTF will be comprised of two independent homeowners, one Home Owner’s Association representative, six business owners, two members of Sugar Land’s Boards and Commissions, one Sugar Land 101 current student or alumnus and one student. All applicants must be over the age of 18.

The LTF’s commitment will begin in June 2022 and end December 2023. The LTF will meet a total of five times in June and July 2022, followed by monthly meetings during the legislative session from January 2023 through May 2023. Post-legislative session, the LTF will meet, as needed. Exact meeting dates and location, either in person, virtual or hybrid, will be determined once candidates are chosen and will be based on the candidates’ availability.

During the first five meetings, LTF members will receive information from key city staff, legislative partners and legislative consultants who specialize in municipal issues. Issues include, but are not limited to municipal revenue and finance, land use, regulation and development, economic development, advocacy, and public safety. The monthly meetings will allow the LTF to receive legislative updates from city staff and provide feedback on legislative issues.

Participants will:

  • review the city’s current legislative position statements and provide feedback on where changes may be needed to better reflect the community’s perspective;
  • provide a unique, citizen perspective through discussions with task force members, city staff and city partners on legislative issues that impact city services;
  • make a recommendation on the State Legislative Agenda for the 88th Session of the Texas Legislature to City Council for consideration; and
  • serve as community advocates for the City’s legislative program during the legislative session.

Interested residents and businesses should submit completed applications via the City’s volunteer portal at www.sugarlandtx.gov/LTFApply.  Prospective Task Force members will be prompted to create a new volunteer account or sign in to an existing one.

For more information or questions, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/IGR, email the Intergovernmental Manager Rick Ramirez at rxramirez@sugarlandtx.gov or call (281) 275-2451.

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