The North Texas Commission advocates for the economic growth of the region, long-term transportation infrastructure funding to create more jobs, education and career readiness, non-discrimination policies to provide paths for more skilled workers and the importance of local control for our cities, counties, and school districts. Our success in the 86th Texas legislative session and recent federal legislation reinforces the impact that the NTC team and members achieve.
As we approach the 87th Texas legislative session and the 117th U.S. Congress, our local, Austin and D.C.-based team will continue our leadership of advocacy to support our region’s cities, counties, higher education institutions, school districts, and corporate members on a wide range of issues. Our advocacy efforts were successful during the 86th session and include the demise of SB 29 which would have diminished local control. After the session, we along with several chamber partners published and distributed an accountability index to report on how our 50 state legislators voted on 12 key bills including SB 2 and HB 2439.
NTC’s advocacy effort will be heightened as legislators face financial challenges and difficult decisions. We will defend the progress made during the 86th state legislative session and continue our ongoing advocacy efforts with our federal legislators.
To amplify our region’s unified voice, the NTC manages the North Texas City Coalition, County Coalition, and our Regional Chamber Coalition. NTC members participate in five policy task forces to establish priorities that address the needs of specific sectors of the North Texas region. Through these collaborative efforts, we establish state and federal legislative priorities and participate in united efforts to support and oppose legislation at the state and federal levels.
North Texas Commission members represent urban and rural areas in a 13-county region. Our region is represented by 13 U.S. congressmen, 2 U.S. senators, and 50 state legislators.