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The Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool proudly introduces the Local Officials: Stronger, Together Podcast Series. The Pool is producing this regular podcast series, which has been dubbed STP, to help local officials (and managers and staff) understand key operational and legal concepts, and the services the Pool provides. After arming members with that information, each 15-minute episode will give easy action items to help keep your citizens, employees, volunteers, and property safe, all while saving public dollars.

The Pool provides financial strength and stability through a partnership with over 2,800 local governments, providing workers’ compensation coverage to over 165,000 public servants, and protecting more than $48 billion in property. The collective success makes members Stronger, Together, demonstrated through the Pool’s core values:

  • Integrity: Serving with honesty, integrity, and professionalism.
  • Public Service: Serving the public good – for the benefit of local governments and their tax-paying citizens.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: Responsibly managing our members’ pooled funds for the protection of their financial stability.
  • Operational Excellence: Delivering excellent member service in all components of risk financing and loss prevention services.
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Episode 7

"Disciplining and Terminating Employees:  Liability and the Pool’s ‘Call Before You Fire’ Hotline"

Posted July 28, 2021

Explains: (1) that you may be liable for improper employment actions; and (2) the availability to speak with one of the Pool’s attorneys prior to taking action.

Further information:
TML Risk Pool’s “Call Before You Fire Program”
Employment Law Manual for Texas Cities 
Texas Municipal Human Resources Association
Ask a Texas Municipal League Attorney 

 

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Episode 6

“The storm has passed, now what? The Pool's SynergyNDS Turnkey Recovery Program"

Recorded May 19, 2021

Explains: (1) the legalities of purchasing and rebuilding requirements after a hurricane or other disaster; and (2) how the Pool uses Synergy to assist member recovery.

Further information:
SynergyNDS Flyer
Synergy/TML Risk Pool Hurricane Harvey Recovery Video
Synergy’s TML IRP Website
TML Emergency Management Resources
TDEM Preparedness

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Episode 5

“Keep Your Police Officers Safe: TPCA’s Vincible Program”
Recorded in May 2021

Explains the officer safety and risk management benefits when a member’s law enforcement agency used the Vincible Training Program.

Further information:
Vincible Promotional Video
Vincible Website
Texas Police Chiefs Association

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Episode 4

“The storm has passed, now what? The Pool’s BEST Roofing and Enhanced Property Damage Recovery Programs”
Recorded May, 13, 2021

Explains how the Pool uses the BEST Roofing Program (Scott Franklin and 4T Partnership) to assist member recovery.

Further Information:

Texas Municipal Procurement Made Easy
Texas Municipal Procurement Cheat Sheet
TML Risk Pool Building Envelope Systems Team (BEST) Roofing Program Flyer
City of Del Rio Article

 

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Episode 3

“Sewage Backups: Know Before You Go”
Posted April 23, 2021

Explains: (1) the law related to a local government’s liability for raw sewage backups into customers’ homes or businesses; and (2) the Pool’s supplemental sewage backup coverage. 

Further information:
Sewage Backups:  Know Before You Go (Q&A)
Sewage Backups:  Know Before You Go (Cheat Sheet)

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Episode 2b

“Local Governments and Firearms: Avoiding a Jam”
Posted July 8, 2021

The information in this episode becomes effective on September 1, 2021. In this episode, we talk about whether local governments can prohibit — or allow — employees to actually carry a gun while at work, and how that can affect your workplace and your risk of a lawsuit.

Further information:

The following are effective until August 31, 2021
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam (Comprehensive Paper in Q&A Format)
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam (Cheat Sheet)

The following become effective on September 1, 2021
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam V2 (Comprehensive Paper in Q&A Format)
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam V2 (Cheat Sheet)

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Episode 2a 

“Local Governments and Firearms: Avoiding a Jam”
Posted July 9, 2021

The information in this episode becomes effective on September 1, 2021. Explains the authority of a local government to prohibit or allow employees with a license to carry a handgun at work, the potential liability for doing so, and basics of the Pool’s coverage.

Further information:

The following are effective until August 31, 2021
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam (Comprehensive Paper in Q&A Format)
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam (Cheat Sheet)

The following become effective on September 1, 2021
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam V2 (Comprehensive Paper in Q&A Format)
Local Governments and Firearms:  Avoiding a Jam V2 (Cheat Sheet)

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Episode 1

“What’s the City Officials: Stronger, Together Podcast Series and Why I Should be Listening?”
Posted April 23, 2021

Explains: (1) why the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool was started and the services it provides; and (2) the STP Series and how it can help elected officials keep their citizens, employees, volunteers, and property safe, all while saving public dollars.

Meet Your Host

Scott Houston, the Pool’s Member Liaison, is host of the Podcast. After serving the Texas Municipal League for over 20 years, the last half as general counsel, Scott now serves as member liaison for the Pool and part-time special counsel to the Texas Municipal League. He has served as an adjunct professor, been published in the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, and has received awards from the American Bar Association, Texas Bar, and International Municipal Lawyers Association. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in political science and – after studying law in Austria and Argentina – received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. 
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City Officials and Attorneys, did you know?

City councilmembers can earn up to 19 Texas Municipal League Institute CEUs for listening to the podcasts. To receive CEUs for a particular episode, an elected official must provide a description of the episode, which must be educational in nature, pertain to municipal leadership, and should enhance your service as an elected official, for TML approval. 

Attorneys who listen to podcasts may be eligible for up to three hours of self-study CLE credit. Please refer to the State Bar CLE compliance rules for more information.

 

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Questions or Comments?

Visit www.tmlirp.org, call 512-791-4158, or email scott.houston@tmlirp.org