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City Of Houston Hires HillCo To Lobby Texas Legislature For Harvey Relief

Mayor Sylvester Turner says his top priority for the 86th Legislature is getting lawmakers to tap the Rainy Day Fund, in order to obtain the local matching funds Houston needs for access to federal disaster assistance.

Houston City Hall.

The City of Houston is gearing up for major fights in the upcoming Texas legislative session. Council members approved a $662,000 contract with Austin-based lobbying firm HillCo Partners LLC to help fight the city's corner.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the city will have a big stake in any bills on property taxes and criminal justice reform. But his top concern is getting funding for Harvey relief. Access to federal disaster aid depends on local matching dollars.

"We need this team to join with the other teams, the county and other governmental entities in the region, to ask the Legislature to tap into their Rainy Day Fund to help provide that local component. That is the number one priority for us," Turner said.

The city previously employed HillCo to lobby lawmakers over the 2017 pension reform bill. The major difference from the last contract is this one is for $95,000 less. The 86th Texas Legislature opens January 8.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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