The 2019 session was particularly challenging for Texas cities with an atmosphere more hostile than usual for Texas’ urban areas. The City of Houston is committed to fighting for local control. This means opposing unfunded state mandates that limit the City’s local authority, public safety, revenue collection, city operations or other local programs. Houston opposes diminishing the City’s regulatory authority, water rights, and representation on governmental entities. The City supports and protects Houston’s authority in its rights-of-way and on municipal premises.