JANUARY 31, 2019



AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a bill Thursday to remove the requirement that counties meet every other week to approve salary payments.


"Right now, officials in counties with fewer than 190,000 people have to meet every other week to approve salary payments that are rarely different from two weeks before," said Guillen. "That is a huge burden on counties and draws time and resources away from other tasks that counties could be doing for us."


If passed, HB 1047 would allow a district, county, or precinct officer in any county, even those with fewer than 190,000 people, to pay salaries to employees, rather than meet in person every two weeks. All ten counties in Guillen's District 31 have populations fewer than 190,000.


"I am a huge proponent of making government at any level more efficient," added Guillen. "Much of the government code is outdated. This bill updates the law to increase efficiency in our local governments to better serve the people of Texas."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and