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Study the voluntary consolidation or restructuring of city governments,
county governments, or other political subdivisions.
Historically, the legislature has given broad annexation authority
to Texas municipalities. Some residents in unincorporated areas
near cities, especially in the Houston region, want more input
in the annexation process.
In 1995, during the 74th Legislature, S.J.R. 47 proposed voluntary
consolidations of city and county governments in 11 different
counties. The resolution passed the Senate but died in the House
State Affairs Committee. The proposed constitutional amendment
would have allowed a county and certain political subdivisions
to adopt a charter to restructure the government into a single
consolidated county government.