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Government, Civics, and Politics in Austin

Information on Austin's government agencies and services. You can also find news on current civic issues and local politics.
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Save Money and Go Green
Learn about Austin rebate programs that can help you save money while taking care of the environment. The city offers everything from free paint to discounts on energy-efficient appliances.

Moving to Austin: The Cost of Living
Are you considering moving to Austin, Texas? Learn about the cost of living in Austin.

Texas Sales Tax Holiday
Learn about how you can save money during this annual weekend-long tax break.

FAQ About Getting a Marriage License in Austin
Are you planning to get married in Austin? If so, you'll need to know the ins and outs of getting a marriage license in Texas. Read these frequently asked questions to learn more about the marriage license process in Austin.

Phone Number for Non-Emergencies in Austin
Learn who to call if you need to get in touch with the city but it's not a major emergency.

The Legacy of Sweatt vs. Painter
The landmark Supreme Court case of Sweatt vs. Painter, which involved the University of Texas School of Law, left its mark on Austin and the larger struggle for civil rights.

FAQ About Residential Recycling Guidelines
Find answers to all the basic questions about residential recycling guidelines in Austin, Texas.

Austin Police Department
Learn everything you need to know about the Austin Police Department and crime in Austin. You can read about crime statistics, look up registered sex offenders, and learn about how to get involved through community programs.

Public Records Search
Search public records online. City Council records can be found here, including the minutes from meetings, ordinances, and resolutions. Municipal election records, such as ballot applications and contribution reports, in addition to municipal utility district documents, can be found here.

Solid Waste Services
Learn all about the Solid Waste Services in Austin; how to properly dispose of various materials, when garbage collections happen, how to utilize composting, and what you need to know about local recycling.

Congressman Lamar Smith, 21st District
Congressman Lamar Smith represents the 21st congressional district of Texas, which encompasses areas of Austin (particularly the west part of town). View a map of the district, keep up with district news, and learn about constituent services.

Congressman Michael McCaul, 10th District
Congressman Michael McCaul represents the 10th congressional district of Texas, which contains portions of Austin (primarily the northern part of town). See a map of the district and learn about constituent services, important issues in the district, and a biography of the congressman.

Congressman Lloyd Doggett, 25th District
Congressman Lloyd Doggett represents the 25th district of Texas, which covers much of Austin (particularly South Austin). Learn about constituent services, read issue briefs, and explore legislative resources.

Public Records Search
Search public records online. City Council records can be found here, including the minutes from meetings, ordinances, and resolutions. Municipal election records, such as ballot applications and contribution reports, in addition to municipal utility district documents, can be found here.

The Legacy of Sweatt vs. Painter
The landmark Supreme Court case of Sweatt vs. Painter, which involved the University of Texas School of Law, left its mark on Austin and the larger struggle for civil rights.

Fireworks -- What's Allowed and What Isn't
According to city ordinance, the possession of fireworks is illegal within Austin's city limits.

How Austin Enforces Its Fireworks Ordinance
The enforcement of Austin's fireworks ordinance has evolved from being an Austin Fire Department responsibility to becoming a duty of the Austin Police Department.

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