City Hall
Charter Amendments
July 18, 2022 0 Comment

In a previous blog post, we discussed the process by which cities can adopt an initial city Charter. But what happens after adoption? Are cities stuck with the same Charter provisions forever? Changed circumstances due to population growth, the needs of the citizens, or even […]

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Sovereign Citizens
June 28, 2022 0 Comment

Municipal courts across Texas in cities of all sizes have encountered individuals that claim to be “sovereign citizens”.  Often encountered in municipal court but their numbers are rising so they may also be employees, residents or municipal utility customers.  It is likely that all municipal […]

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Underside of Car
Catalytic Converter Crimes
May 9, 2022 0 Comment

This week, the City of Houston passed an ordinance requiring anyone in possession of a cut catalytic converter to show proof of ownership or face misdemeanor criminal charges. Like many Texas cities, Houston has seen the rise of catalytic converter thefts, with 3,188 thefts reported […]

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Contempt, gavel
Contemplating Contempt
May 3, 2022 0 Comment

You are in contempt! Television courtroom dramas and national politics bring this to our attention very often.  But how often does a court hold a party in contempt?  Not very often.  The process to hold a party in contempt is procedurally, shall we say, robust.  […]

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Texas Water Primer
March 28, 2022 0 Comment

Texas has the second largest state economy and the ninth largest in the world.  The Texas economy and the 29.5 million Texas residents are entirely dependent upon access to adequate water.  According to the Texas Comptroller, the State Water Plan prepared by the Texas Water […]

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