Texas legislators mostly kept hands off local control

A simmering feud between state lawmakers and municipal leaders over local control never quite reached full boil this year.

Spooked by Gov. Greg Abbott’s push against “unchecked overregulation” and by tea party Republicans who filed bills to limit local government, North Texas mayors, city managers and county judges braced for battle.

But with one major exception — a measure that stops cities from banning the drilling practice known as fracking — municipal leaders in Dallas and beyond have declared this year’s session largely a success… Read full article from the Dallas Morning News