Bill Text: TX HB4180 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating to the creation, operations, functions, and regulatory authority of certain governmental entities and officials; changes in certain judicial procedures; imposing civil penalties.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2017-05-26 - Senate Amendments Analysis distributed [HB4180 Detail]

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  By: Coleman H.B. No. 4180
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to issues affecting counties and other governmental
  entities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Article 26.05(b), Code of Criminal Procedure, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  All payments made under this article shall be paid in
  accordance with a schedule of fees adopted by formal action of the
  judges of the county courts, statutory county courts, and district
  courts trying criminal cases in each county. Not later than the
  90th day before the first day of the county's fiscal year, [On
  adoption of] a schedule of fees for that fiscal year must be adopted
  and [as provided by this subsection,] a copy of the schedule must
  [shall] be sent to the commissioners court of the county.
         SECTION 2.  Section 3, Article 42.09, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 3.  If a defendant [is] convicted of a felony is [and]
  sentenced to death or to [,] life [, or a term of more than ten
  years] in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice or is ineligible
  for release on bail pending appeal under Article 44.04(b) and [he]
  gives notice of appeal, the defendant [he] shall be transferred to
  the department on a commitment pending a mandate from the court of
  appeals or the Court of Criminal Appeals.
         SECTION 3.  The heading to Section 31.092, Election Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 31.092.  CONTRACT FOR ELECTION SERVICES AUTHORIZED FOR
  COUNTY ELECTION OFFICER.
         SECTION 4.  Section 31.092, Election Code, is amended by
  adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
         (f)  The county election officer may set a deadline for the
  submission of a request to enter into a contract to perform election
  services under this section.
         SECTION 5.  The heading to Section 31.093, Election Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 31.093.  [DUTY TO] CONTRACT FOR ELECTION SERVICES
  AUTHORIZED FOR COUNTY ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATOR.
         SECTION 6.  Section 31.093, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c) to read as
  follows:
         (a)  If requested to do so by a political subdivision or
  political party, the county elections administrator may [shall]
  enter into a contract to furnish the election services requested,
  in accordance with a cost schedule agreed on by the contracting
  parties.
         (c)  The county elections administrator may set a deadline
  for the submission of a request to enter into a contract to provide
  election services under this section.
         SECTION 7.  Section 84.001(d), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (d)  An application must be submitted [by mail] to the early
  voting clerk for the election who serves the election precinct of
  the applicant's residence.
         SECTION 8.  Section 84.007(b), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (b)  An application must be submitted to the early voting
  clerk by:
               (1)  mail;
               (2)  common or contract carrier; [or]
               (3)  telephonic facsimile machine, if a machine is
  available in the clerk's office; or
               (4)  electronic submission of the application, if
  authorized by the clerk.
         SECTION 9.  Subchapter B, Chapter 84, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 84.038 to read as follows:
         Sec. 84.038.  CANCELLATION EFFECTIVE FOR SINGLE ELECTION FOR
  CERTAIN VOTERS. The cancellation of an application for a ballot to
  be voted by mail under Section 84.032(c), (d), or (e) does not
  cancel the application with respect to a subsequent election to
  which the same application applies under Section 86.0015(b).
         SECTION 10.  Section 86.006, Election Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (a-1) to read as
  follows:
         (a)  A marked ballot voted under this chapter must be
  returned to the early voting clerk in the official carrier
  envelope. The carrier envelope may be delivered in another
  envelope and must be transported and delivered only by:
               (1)  mail;
               (2)  [or by] common or contract carrier; or
               (3)  subject to Subsection (a-1), in-person delivery by
  the voter who voted the ballot.
         (a-1)  The voter may deliver a marked ballot in person to the
  early voting clerk's office only while the polls are open on
  election day. A voter who delivers a marked ballot in person must
  present an acceptable form of identification described by Section
  63.0101.
         SECTION 11.  Subchapter B, Chapter 826, Health and Safety
  Code, is amended by adding Section 826.018 to read as follows:
         Sec. 826.018.  LOCAL RABIES CONTROL PROGRAMS. (a) This
  section applies to a veterinarian who:
               (1)  is employed by a county; and
               (2)  administers or supervises the administration of
  rabies vaccine as part of a local rabies control program
  established by a county or municipality under this chapter.
         (b)  A veterinarian described by Subsection (a) is not
  required to establish a veterinarian-client-patient relationship
  before administering rabies vaccine or supervising the
  administration of rabies vaccine.
         (c)  To the extent of any conflict between this section and
  any other law or rule relating to the administration of rabies
  vaccine, this section controls.
         SECTION 12.  Subchapter B, Chapter 232, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 232.0375 to read as follows:
         Sec. 232.0375.  ALTERNATIVE ENFORCEMENT; CITATION. (a) As
  an alternative to an action to recover a civil penalty under Section
  232.037(a)(3) for the enforcement of a rule or requirement adopted
  by the commissioners court under this subchapter that prohibits
  more than one single-family, detached dwelling to be located on
  each lot, the commissioners court may authorize a county employee
  to issue a citation to a subdivider for a violation of the rule or
  requirement.
         (b)  The commissioners court may designate the county
  employee as a county inspector.
         (c)  The commissioners court may adopt a standard civil
  penalty, in an amount authorized under Section 232.035(c), to be
  assessed for the violation for which the citation may be issued by
  the county employee under Subsection (a), except the penalty amount
  assessed by each citation may not exceed a total penalty of $10,000.
  Each day a violation continues or occurs may be considered a
  separate violation for purposes of imposing a penalty.
         (d)  The county employee may issue subsequent citations to a
  subdivider for a violation if the subdivider fails to correct the
  violation for which a citation has been issued.
         (e)  A subdivider who is issued a citation under this section
  may pay the civil penalty or contest the penalty in justice court.
  Venue for an action under this subsection is the justice court in
  the justice precinct in which the violation occurred.
         (f)  A civil penalty recovered under this section shall be
  deposited in the county treasury to the credit of the general fund.
         (g)  The commissioners court by order may adopt rules to
  implement this section.
         SECTION 13.  Subchapter C, Chapter 232, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 232.0805 to read as follows:
         Sec. 232.0805.  ALTERNATIVE ENFORCEMENT; CITATION. (a) As
  an alternative to an action to recover a civil penalty under Section
  232.080(a)(3) for the enforcement of a rule or requirement adopted
  by the commissioners court under this subchapter that prohibits
  more than one single-family, detached dwelling to be located on
  each lot, the commissioners court may authorize a county employee
  to issue a citation to a subdivider for a violation of the rule or
  requirement.
         (b)  The commissioners court may designate the county
  employee as a county inspector.
         (c)  The commissioners court may adopt a standard civil
  penalty, in an amount authorized under Section 232.079(b), to be
  assessed for the violation for which the citation may be issued by
  the county employee under Subsection (a), except the penalty amount
  assessed by each citation may not exceed a total penalty of $10,000.
  Each day a violation continues or occurs may be considered a
  separate violation for purposes of imposing a penalty.
         (d)  The county employee may issue subsequent citations to a
  subdivider for a violation if the subdivider fails to correct the
  violation for which a citation has been issued.
         (e)  A subdivider who is issued a citation under this section
  may pay the civil penalty or contest the penalty in justice court.
  Venue for an action under this subsection is the justice court in
  the justice precinct in which the violation occurred.
         (f)  A civil penalty recovered under this section shall be
  deposited in the county treasury to the credit of the general fund.
         (g)  The commissioners court by order may adopt rules to
  implement this section.
         SECTION 14.  Section 233.061(a), Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The commissioners court of a county [with a population
  of over 250,000 or a county adjacent to a county with a population
  of over 250,000] may adopt a fire code and rules necessary to
  administer and enforce the fire code.
         SECTION 15.  Section 263.251(a), Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The commissioners court of a county may adopt a
  procedure by which the county may:
               (1)  lease to another entity advertising space located:
                     (A)  in or on a building or part of a building
  owned by the county;
                     (B)  on personal property [a vehicle] owned by the
  county;
                     (C)  on an official county website; [or]
                     (D)  in or on a building or part of a building
  leased by the county, with the building owner's consent; or
                     (E)  on personal property [a vehicle] leased by
  the county, with the property [vehicle] owner's consent; or
               (2)  sell advertising space located on correspondence
  distributed by the county through the United States Postal Service.
         SECTION 16.  The heading to Section 271.9051, Local
  Government Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 271.9051.  CONSIDERATION OF LOCATION OF BIDDER'S
  PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS IN CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES AND COUNTIES.
         SECTION 17.  Sections 271.9051(a), (b), and (c), Local
  Government Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  This section applies only to a municipality or county
  that is authorized under this title to purchase real property or
  personal property that is not affixed to real property.
         (b)  In purchasing under this title any real property,
  personal property that is not affixed to real property, or
  services, if a municipality or county receives one or more
  competitive sealed bids from a bidder whose principal place of
  business is in the municipality or county and whose bid is within
  five percent of the lowest bid price received by the municipality or
  county from a bidder who is not a resident of the municipality or
  county, the municipality or county may enter into a contract for
  construction services in an amount of less than $100,000 or a
  contract for other purchases in an amount of less than $500,000
  with:
               (1)  the lowest bidder; or
               (2)  the bidder whose principal place of business is in
  the municipality or county if the governing body of the
  municipality or county determines, in writing, that the local
  bidder offers the municipality or county the best combination of
  contract price and additional economic development opportunities
  for the municipality or county created by the contract award,
  including the employment of residents of the municipality or county
  and increased tax revenues to the municipality or county.
         (c)  This section does not prohibit a municipality or county
  from rejecting all bids.
         SECTION 18.  Section 72.101(a), Property Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by this section and Sections 72.1015,
  72.1016, 72.1017, [and] 72.102, and 72.104, personal property is
  presumed abandoned if, for longer than three years:
               (1)  the existence and location of the owner of the
  property is unknown to the holder of the property; and
               (2)  according to the knowledge and records of the
  holder of the property, a claim to the property has not been
  asserted or an act of ownership of the property has not been
  exercised.
         SECTION 19.  Subchapter B, Chapter 72, Property Code, is
  amended by adding Section 72.104 to read as follows:
         Sec. 72.104.  TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY HELD BY COUNTY.
  Tangible personal property that is found on county land or in a
  county park, facility, or right-of-way is presumed abandoned if,
  for longer than 60 days:
               (1)  the personal property is held by the county;
               (2)  the existence and location of the owner of the
  personal property is unknown to the county; and
               (3)  according to the knowledge and records of the
  county, a claim to the personal property has not been asserted or an
  act of ownership of the personal property has not been exercised.
         SECTION 20.  Section 644.101(c), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (c)  A sheriff or a deputy sheriff of a county bordering the
  United Mexican States or of a county with a population of 700,000
  [one million] or more is eligible to apply for certification under
  this section.
         SECTION 21.  (a) In this section, "task force" means the
  Task Force to Study Population Growth in Texas established under
  this section.
         (b)  The Task Force to Study Population Growth in Texas is
  established for the purposes of assessing the effects of population
  growth in this state on:
               (1)  housing;
               (2)  businesses in this state;
               (3)  available land resources; and
               (4)  the state's economy.
         (c)  The task force is composed of the following nine
  members:
               (1)  three state or local officials appointed by the
  governor;
               (2)  three state or local officials appointed by the
  lieutenant governor; and
               (3)  three state or local officials appointed by the
  speaker of the house of representatives.
         (d)  The members of the task force shall elect a presiding
  officer.
         (e)  The offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and
  speaker of the house of representatives shall provide staff support
  to the task force.
         (f)  The task force shall hold public hearings to achieve the
  purposes described by Subsection (b).
         (g)  A member of the task force is not entitled to receive
  compensation for service on the task force but is entitled to
  reimbursement of the travel expenses incurred by the member while
  conducting the business of the task force.
         (h)  The task force may accept gifts and grants from any
  source to be used to carry out a function of the task force.
         (i)  Not later than November 1, 2018, the task force shall
  submit a final report to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the
  speaker of the house of representatives, and the appropriate
  standing committees of the legislature. The report shall include a
  summary and analysis of:
               (1)  hearings and studies conducted by the task force;
               (2)  legislation proposed by the task force; and
               (3)  other findings and recommendations made by the
  task force.
         (j)  Not later than December 1, 2019, the governor, the
  lieutenant governor, and the speaker of the house of
  representatives shall make the appointments to the task force as
  described under Subsection (c).
         (k)  The task force is abolished and this section expires
  August 31, 2021.
         SECTION 22.  (a) Article 26.05(b), Code of Criminal
  Procedure, as amended by this Act, applies only to the adoption of a
  schedule of fees for a county fiscal year starting on or after
  January 1, 2020.
         (b)  Sections 232.0375 and 232.0805, Local Government Code,
  as added by this Act, apply only to a violation that occurs on or
  after the effective date of this Act. A violation that occurs
  before that date is governed by the law in effect on the date the
  violation occurred, and the former law is continued in effect for
  that purpose. For purposes of this section, each day a violation
  continues or occurs is considered a separate violation.
         (c)  Section 271.9051, Local Government Code, as amended by
  this Act, applies only to a contract for which the initial notice
  soliciting bids is given on or after the effective date of this Act.
  A contract for which the initial notice soliciting bids is given
  before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in
  effect when the initial notice is given, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 23.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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