November 14, 2019

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Central Time

ACS Austin: Local Control Battles in Texas

University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX

Article I, Sec. 1 of the Texas Constitution declares the importance of “preserv[ing] the right of local self-government.” While this provision ostensibly refers to local self-government in the state vs. federal context, can Texas cities invoke this and other legal principles to defend local ordinances from superseding acts by the Texas legislature? 

Join the ACS Austin Lawyer Chapter and the ACS University of Texas School of Law Student Chapter for a discussion with the Hon. Gina Hinojosa on wins and losses in recent local control battles in cities across Texas.


Hon. Gina Hinojosa, Representative for House District 49, Texas State House of Representatives


First elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2016, Gina Hinojosa represents House District 49, which covers the Central Austin corridor. The 86th Legislative Session marked Gina's second legislative session. She was appointed to serve as Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee and as a member of the Defense and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. During her first session, Gina earned the title of Freshman Floor Fighter from Capitol Inside, Mexican American Legislative Caucus’s Freshman of the Year Award, Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition’s 2017 Legislative Champion, and the Texas Fair Defense Project’s Defender of Justice. 

Before serving as a member of the Texas House, Gina was elected to an at-large position on the AISD School Board in November 2012. Thereafter, she was elected Board President by her fellow trustees in January 2015.


Gina came to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with Honors with a Plan II Government Bachelor of Arts degree. She attended law school at the George Washington University Law School and was licensed to practice law in 1999.

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1.0 hour of CLE credit has been approved for this event.


Lunch provided.