Charter Commission

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What is a Home Rule Charter? A charter is a document that establishes the city’s governmental structure and provides for the distribution of powers and duties among the various branches of government. In order to be implemented, the charter must be approved by the people at an election. Likewise, changes in the charter must be approved by a vote of the people. (Local Government in Texas)

What does Home Rule Entail? The legal position of home rule cities is the reverse of general law cities. Rather than looking to state law to determine what they may do, as general law cities must, home rule cities look to the state constitution and state statutes to determine what they may not do. Thus, if a proposed home rule city action has not been prohibited or pre-empted by the state, the city generally can proceed. (Local Government in Texas)

Charter Commission Purpose:

The Purpose of this commission was to develop a draft for a home rule charter for the City of Fulshear. When a city has a population of over 5,000 it can opt to become a home rule city with the adoption of a charter that will be approved by voters. The commission's first meeting was on June 25, 2015 at 6:30 PM at the Irene Stern Community Center.

Charter Commission Members:

CJ McDaniel                Chairman
Bill Archer    Vice Chair
Erma Beal     
Larry Beustring    
John Dowdall    
Cherryl Finney     
Ken Knapp     
James Molina    
D.E. (Gene) Morgan     
Kent Pool     
Carolyn Randle     
Polly Royer     
Randy Stacy     

Town Hall Meetings:
The City hosted a series of Town Hall meetings on the Charter. The first such meeting was held Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the James Randolph Elementary School in Cross Creek Ranch.  The second meeting was held  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Irene Stern Community Center and the third, and last, Town Hall meeting was held Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Cross Creek Ranch Community Room/Welcome Center.  To submit questions please email:

Proposed Charter [PDF]
Charter Comparison Table [PDF]
Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]