Bill Text: TX HB5 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to the expansion of broadband services to certain areas.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Enrolled) 2021-05-31 - Sent to the Governor [HB5 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-HB5-Enrolled.html
 
 
  H.B. No. 5
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the expansion of broadband services to certain areas.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 490H.002, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 490H.002.  COMPOSITION. (a) The council is composed of
  one nonvoting member appointed by the broadband development office
  and the following [17] voting members appointed by the governor:
               (1)  two representatives of separate Internet service
  provider industry associations, including at least one
  representative of an association that primarily represents small
  providers, as defined by Section 56.032, Utilities Code[, appointed
  by the governor];
               (2)  one representative of the health information
  technology industry[, appointed by the governor];
               (3)  two representatives of unaffiliated nonprofit
  organizations that advocate for elderly persons statewide[,
  appointed by the governor];
               (4)  two representatives of unaffiliated nonprofit
  organizations that have a demonstrated history of working with the
  legislature and the public to identify solutions for expanding
  broadband to rural, unserved areas of this state[, appointed by the
  governor];
               (5)  one representative of an agricultural advocacy
  organization in this state[, appointed by the governor];
               (6)  one representative of a hospital advocacy
  organization in this state[, appointed by the governor];
               (7)  one representative of a medical advocacy
  organization in this state[, appointed by the governor];
               (8)  one county official who serves in an elected
  office of a county with a population of less than 35,000[, appointed
  by the governor];
               (8-a)  one county clerk of a county with a population of
  less than 60,000;
               (8-b)  one sheriff of a county with a population of less
  than 60,000;
               (9)  one municipal official who serves in an elected
  office of a municipality with a population of less than 20,000
  located in a county with a population of less than 60,000[,
  appointed by the governor];
               (10)  one representative of an institution of higher
  education that has its main campus in a county with a population of
  less than 60,000[, appointed by the governor];
               (11)  one representative of a school district with a
  territory that includes only counties with a population of less
  than 60,000[, appointed by the governor];
               (12)  one representative from a library association[,
  appointed by the governor];
               (13)  one hospital administrator employed by a licensed
  hospital located in a county with a population of less than 60,000
  [member of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker
  of the house of representatives]; [and]
               (14)  one representative from an electric cooperative
  providing broadband;
               (15)  one representative of a school district with a
  territory that includes all or part of a county with a population of
  more than 500,000; and
               (16)  one representative of a nonprofit organization
  that has a demonstrated history of facilitating broadband adoption
  by offering digital literacy training or providing access to
  broadband technology [state senator, appointed by the lieutenant
  governor].
         (b)  The governor shall, to the greatest extent practicable,
  make appointments to the council that ensure that the composition
  of the council reflects the racial and ethnic composition of the
  state.
         (c) [(b)]  A member of the council appointed under
  Subsection (a) serves for a five-year term.
         (d) [(c)]  A vacancy on the council is filled in the same
  manner as the original appointment.
         SECTION 2.  Section 490H.003, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 490H.003.  COUNCIL OFFICERS; COMMITTEES [PRESIDING
  OFFICER]. (a) The governor shall designate from the members of the
  council a chair and vice chair [the presiding officer] of the
  council for two-year terms.
         (b)  When designating a chair or vice chair, the governor
  shall ensure that:
               (1)  during a term when the chair resides in a county
  with a population of 100,000 or more, the vice chair resides in a
  county with a population of less than 100,000;
               (2)  during a term when the chair resides in a county
  with a population of less than 100,000, the vice chair resides in a
  county with a population of 100,000 or more;
               (3)  persons described by Subdivision (1) are
  immediately succeeded by persons described by Subdivision (2); and
               (4)  persons described by Subdivision (2) are
  immediately succeeded by persons described by Subdivision (1).
         (c)  The chair may appoint subcommittees and technical
  advisory committees to assist with the duties of the council.
         SECTION 3.  Section 490H.004, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsections (c) and (d) to read
  as follows:
         (b)  The council shall convene at the call of the chair or, if
  the chair is unable to call a meeting or does not call at least one
  meeting to meet the requirements of Subsection (a), at the call of
  the vice chair [presiding officer].
         (c)  The council shall:
               (1)  post the agenda for each council meeting on the
  council's Internet website at least 48 hours before the meeting;
  and
               (2)  not later than the 14th day after the date of each
  meeting, post on the council's Internet website the minutes or
  recording of the meeting required under Section 551.021.
         (d)  As an exception to Chapter 551 and other law, the
  council may meet by use of video conference call. This subsection
  applies for purposes of constituting a quorum, for purposes of
  voting, and for any other purpose allowing a member of the council
  to fully participate in any meeting of the council. A meeting held
  by use of video conference call:
               (1)  must be open to the public, which includes a video
  broadcast of the meeting in real time through the council's
  Internet website;
               (2)  must specify in the meeting notice the link to the
  video broadcast described by Subdivision (1); and
               (3)  must provide two-way video communication between
  all council members attending the meeting.
         SECTION 4.  Sections 490H.006(a) and (b), Government Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The council shall:
               (1)  research and monitor the progress of:
                     (A)  broadband development in unserved areas;
                     (B)  deployment of broadband statewide;
                     (C)  purchase of broadband by residential and
  commercial customers; and
                     (D)  patterns and discrepancies in access to
  broadband;
               (2)  identify barriers to residential and commercial
  broadband deployment in unserved areas;
               (3)  study:
                     (A)  technology-neutral solutions to overcome
  barriers identified under Subdivision (2);
                     (B)  industry and technology trends in broadband;
  and
                     (C)  the detrimental impact of pornographic or
  other obscene materials on residents of this state and the
  feasibility of limiting access to those materials; and
               (4)  analyze how statewide access to broadband would
  benefit:
                     (A)  economic development;
                     (B)  the delivery of educational opportunities in
  higher education and public education;
                     (C)  state and local law enforcement;
                     (D)  state emergency preparedness; and
                     (E)  the delivery of health care services,
  including telemedicine and telehealth.
         (b)  The council may research another matter related to
  broadband [only if a majority of the council approves researching
  the matter].
         SECTION 5.  Subtitle F, Title 4, Government Code, is amended
  by adding Chapter 490I to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 490I. BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
         Sec. 490I.0101.  THRESHOLD SPEED FOR BROADBAND SERVICE. (a)
  For purposes of this chapter, subject to Subsection (b), "broadband
  service" means Internet service with the capability of providing:
               (1)  a download speed of 25 megabits per second or
  faster; and
               (2)  an upload speed of three megabits per second or
  faster.
         (b)  If the Federal Communications Commission adopts upload
  or download threshold speeds for advanced telecommunications
  capability under 47 U.S.C. Section 1302 that are different than
  those specified by Subsection (a), the comptroller may require
  Internet service to be capable of providing download or upload
  speeds that match that federal threshold in order to qualify under
  this chapter as "broadband service."
         (c)  Not later than the 60th day after the date the
  comptroller adjusts the minimum download or upload speeds required
  for Internet service to qualify as "broadband service," the
  broadband development office shall publish on the comptroller's
  Internet website the adjusted minimum download and upload speeds.
         Sec. 490I.0102.  OFFICE. (a) The broadband development
  office is an office within the comptroller's office.
         (b)  The comptroller may employ additional employees
  necessary for the discharge of the duties of the broadband
  development office.
         (c)  The broadband development office:
               (1)  is under the direction and control of the
  comptroller;
               (2)  shall promote the policies enumerated in this
  chapter; and
               (3)  may perform any action authorized by state or
  federal law.
         Sec. 490I.0103.  POWERS AND DUTIES. (a) The broadband
  development office shall:
               (1)  serve as a resource for information regarding
  broadband service and digital connectivity in this state;
               (2)  engage in outreach to communities regarding the
  expansion, adoption, affordability, and use of broadband service
  and the programs administered by the office; and
               (3)  serve as an information clearinghouse in relation
  to:
                     (A)  federal programs providing assistance to
  local entities with respect to broadband service; and
                     (B)  addressing barriers to digital connectivity.
         (b)  The office has the powers necessary to carry out the
  duties of the office under this chapter, including the power to
  enter into contracts and other necessary instruments.
         (c)  This chapter does not grant the comptroller authority to
  regulate broadband services or broadband service providers or,
  except as required of an applicant or recipient under Section
  490I.0106, to require broadband service providers to submit
  information to the comptroller.
         (d)  For the purpose of carrying out a duty or power of the
  office under this chapter, the office may:
               (1)  advertise in any available media; and
               (2)  promote the office's programs and functions.
         Sec. 490I.0104.  PARTICIPATION IN PROCEEDINGS OF FEDERAL
  COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. (a) The broadband development office
  may monitor, participate in, and provide input in proceedings of
  the Federal Communications Commission related to the geographic
  availability and deployment of broadband service in this state to
  ensure that:
               (1)  the information available to the commission
  reflects the current status of geographic availability and
  deployment of broadband service in this state; and
               (2)  this state is best positioned to benefit from
  broadband service deployment programs administered by federal
  agencies.
         (b)  The office may participate in a process established by
  the Federal Communications Commission allowing governmental
  entities to challenge the accuracy of the commission's information
  regarding the geographic availability and deployment of broadband
  service.
         (c)  The office shall establish procedures and a data
  collection process in accordance with rules established by the
  Federal Communications Commission that will enable the office to
  participate in the process described by Subsection (b).
         Sec. 490I.0105.  BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT MAP. (a) The
  broadband development office shall create, update annually, and
  publish on the comptroller's Internet website a map classifying
  each designated area in this state as:
               (1)  an eligible area, if:
                     (A)  fewer than 80 percent of the addresses in the
  designated area have access to broadband service; and
                     (B)  the federal government has not awarded
  funding under a competitive process to support the deployment of
  broadband service to addresses in the designated area; or
               (2)  an ineligible area, if:
                     (A)  80 percent or more of the addresses in the
  designated area have access to broadband service; or
                     (B)  the federal government has awarded funding
  under a competitive process to support the deployment of broadband
  service to addresses in the designated area.
         (b)  The comptroller by rule may determine the scope of a
  designated area under Subsection (a).
         (c)  After creation of the initial map described in
  Subsection (a), the office may evaluate the usefulness of the
  standards for eligible and ineligible areas outlined in Subsection
  (a) and, if appropriate, make a recommendation to the legislature
  to revise the standards.
         (d)  The map required by Subsection (a) must display:
               (1)  the number of broadband service providers that
  serve each designated area;
               (2)  for each eligible area, an indication of whether
  the area has access to Internet service that is not broadband
  service, regardless of the technology used to provide the service;
  and
               (3)  each public school campus in this state with an
  indication of whether the public school campus has access to
  broadband service.
         (e)  The office must create, update, and publish the map in a
  manner consistent with the most current mapping methodology adopted
  by the Federal Communications Commission.
         (f)  Except as provided by Subsection (g), the office shall
  use information available from the Federal Communications
  Commission to create or update the map.
         (g)  If information from the Federal Communications
  Commission is not available or not sufficient for the office to
  create or update the map, the office may request the necessary
  information from a political subdivision or broadband service
  provider, and the subdivision or provider may report the
  information to the office. The office may not require a subdivision
  or provider to report information in a format different from the
  format required by the most current mapping methodology adopted by
  the Federal Communications Commission.
         (h)  Information a broadband service provider reports to the
  office under Subsection (g) and information provided by the Federal
  Communications Commission, if not publicly available, is
  confidential and not subject to disclosure under Chapter 552.
         (i)  The office may contract with a private consultant or
  other appropriate person who is not associated or affiliated with a
  commercial broadband provider, including a local governmental
  entity, to provide technical or administrative assistance to the
  office for the purpose of creating or updating the map.
         (j)  The office may release information reported under
  Subsection (g) to a contractor providing services under Subsection
  (i). The contractor shall:
               (1)  keep the information confidential; and
               (2)  return the information to the office on the
  earliest of the following dates:
                     (A)  the date the contract expires;
                     (B)  the date the contract is terminated; or
                     (C)  the date the mapping project for which the
  contractor is providing services is complete.
         (k)  A person who contracts under Subsection (i) may not
  provide services for a broadband provider in this state before the
  second anniversary of the last day the contract is in effect.
         (l)  The office shall establish criteria for determining
  whether a designated area should be reclassified as an eligible
  area or an ineligible area. The criteria must include an evaluation
  of Internet speed test data and information on end user addresses.
  The criteria may also include community surveys regarding the
  reliability of Internet service, where available.
         (m)  A designated area that is classified as an ineligible
  area on account of the existence of federal funding to support
  broadband service deployment in the area may be reclassified as an
  eligible area if:
               (1)  funding from the federal government is forfeited
  or the recipient of the funding is disqualified from receiving the
  funding; and
               (2)  the designated area otherwise meets the
  qualifications of an eligible area.
         (n)  A broadband service provider or political subdivision
  may petition the office to reclassify a designated area on the map
  as an eligible area or ineligible area. The office shall provide
  notice of the petition to each broadband service provider that
  provides broadband service to the designated area and post notice
  of the petition on the comptroller's Internet website.
         (o)  Not later than the 45th day after the date that a
  broadband provider receives notice under Subsection (n), the
  provider shall provide information to the office showing whether
  the designated area should or should not be reclassified.
         (p)  Not later than the 75th day after the date that a
  broadband provider receives notice under Subsection (n), the office
  shall determine whether to reclassify the designated area on the
  map and update the map as necessary. A determination made by the
  office under this subsection is not a contested case for purposes of
  Chapter 2001.
         (q)  The office is not required to create, update, or publish
  a map under this section if the Federal Communications Commission
  produces a map that:
               (1)  enables the office to identify eligible and
  ineligible areas, as described by Subsection (a); and
               (2)  meets the requirements of Subsection (d).
         Sec. 490I.0106.  BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. (a) The
  broadband development office shall establish a program to award
  grants, low-interest loans, and other financial incentives to
  applicants for the purpose of expanding access to and adoption of
  broadband service in designated areas determined to be eligible
  areas by the office under Section 490I.0105.
         (b)  The office shall establish and publish criteria for
  making awards under Subsection (a). The office shall:
               (1)  take into consideration grants and other financial
  incentives awarded by the federal government for the deployment of
  broadband service in a designated area;
               (2)  prioritize the applications of applicants that
  will expand access to and adoption of broadband service in eligible
  areas in which the lowest percentage of addresses have access to
  broadband service; and
               (3)  prioritize the applications of applicants that
  will expand access to broadband service in public and private
  primary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education.
         (c)  Notwithstanding Subsection (b)(2), the office may
  establish criteria that take into account a cost benefit analysis
  for awarding money to the eligible areas described by that
  subdivision.
         (d)  The office may not:
               (1)  favor a particular broadband technology in
  awarding grants, loans, or other financial incentives;
               (2)  award grants, loans, or other financial incentives
  to a broadband provider that does not report information requested
  by the office under Section 490I.0105;
               (3)  award a grant, loan, or other financial incentive
  to a noncommercial provider of broadband service for an eligible
  area if a commercial provider of broadband service has submitted an
  application for the eligible area; or
               (4)  take into consideration distributions from the
  state universal service fund established under Section 56.021,
  Utilities Code, when deciding to award grants, loans, or other
  financial incentives.
         (e)  The office shall:
               (1)  post on the comptroller's Internet website
  information about the application process and the receipt of awards
  and shall update that information as necessary; and
               (2)  post on the comptroller's Internet website
  information from each application, including the applicant's name,
  the area targeted for expanded broadband service access or adoption
  by the application, and any other information the office considers
  relevant or necessary, for a period of at least 30 days before the
  office makes a decision on the application.
         (f)  During the 30-day posting period described by
  Subsection (e) for an application, the office shall accept from any
  interested party a written protest of the application relating to
  whether the applicant or project is eligible for an award or should
  not receive an award based on the criteria prescribed by the office.
         (g)  Notwithstanding any deadline for submitting an
  application, if the office upholds a protest submitted under
  Subsection (f) on the grounds that one or more of the addresses in
  an eligible area subject to the application have access to
  broadband service, the applicant may resubmit the application
  without the challenged addresses not later than 30 days after the
  date that the office upheld the protest.
         (h)  The office shall establish and publish criteria for
  award recipients. The criteria must include requirements that
  grants, loans, and other financial incentives awarded through the
  program be used only for capital expenses, purchase or lease of
  property, and other expenses, including backhaul and transport,
  that will facilitate the provision or adoption of broadband
  service.
         (i)  An award granted under this section does not affect the
  eligibility of a telecommunications provider to receive support
  from the state universal service fund under Section 56.021,
  Utilities Code.
         Sec. 490I.0107.  STATE BROADBAND PLAN. (a) The broadband
  development office shall prepare, update, and publish on the
  comptroller's Internet website a state broadband plan that
  establishes long-term goals for greater access to and adoption,
  affordability, and use of broadband service in this state.
         (b)  In developing the state broadband plan, the office
  shall:
               (1)  to the extent possible, collaborate with state
  agencies, political subdivisions, broadband industry stakeholders
  and representatives, and community organizations that focus on
  broadband services and technology access;
               (2)  consider the policy recommendations of the
  governor's broadband development council;
               (3)  favor policies that are technology-neutral and
  protect all members of the public;
               (4)  explore state and regional approaches to broadband
  development; and
               (5)  examine broadband service needs related to:
                     (A)  public safety, including the needs of state
  agencies involved in the administration of criminal justice, as
  that term is defined by Article 66.001, Code of Criminal Procedure;
                     (B)  public education and state and local
  education agencies, including any agency involved in the electronic
  administration of an assessment instrument required under Section
  39.023, Education Code; and
                     (C)  public health, including the needs of state
  agencies involved in the administration of public health
  initiatives such as the Health and Human Services Commission and
  the Department of State Health Services.
         Sec. 490I.0108.  BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT. (a) The
  broadband development account is an account in the general revenue
  fund.
         (b)  The account consists of:
               (1)  appropriations of money to the account by the
  legislature;
               (2)  gifts, donations, and grants, including federal
  grants; and
               (3)  interest earned on the investment of the money in
  the account.
         (c)  The comptroller shall deposit to the credit of the
  account federal money received by the state for the purpose of
  broadband development, to the extent permitted by federal law.
         (d)  Money in the account may be appropriated only to the
  broadband development office for purposes of:
               (1)  creating or updating the map described by Section
  490I.0105;
               (2)  administering the broadband development program
  under Section 490I.0106;
               (3)  creating or updating the state broadband plan
  under Section 490I.0107; or
               (4)  engaging in outreach to communities regarding the
  expansion, adoption, affordability, and use of broadband service
  and the programs administered by the office and equipment.
         (e)  The account is exempt from the application of Sections
  403.095, 403.0956, and 404.071.
         Sec. 490I.0109.  RULEMAKING. The comptroller may adopt
  rules as necessary to implement this chapter.
         Sec. 490I.0110.  BOARD OF ADVISORS. (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Rural area" means a county with a population of
  less than 100,000 that is not adjacent to a county with a population
  of more than 350,000.
               (2)  "Urban area" means a county with a population of
  more than one million.
         (b)  The broadband development office board of advisors is
  composed of 10 members, appointed as follows:
               (1)  two members appointed by the governor, including:
                     (A)  one member to represent the Texas Economic
  Development and Tourism Office; and
                     (B)  one member to represent nonprofit
  corporations that work on the expansion, adoption, affordability,
  and use of broadband service;
               (2)  three members appointed by the lieutenant
  governor, including:
                     (A)  one member who resides in an urban area;
                     (B)  one member to represent the public primary
  and secondary education community; and
                     (C)  one member who resides in a county that:
                           (i)  is adjacent to an international border;
                           (ii)  is located not more than 150 miles from
  the Gulf of Mexico; and
                           (iii)  has a population of more than 60,000;
               (3)  three members appointed by the speaker of the
  house of representatives, including:
                     (A)  one member who resides in a rural area;
                     (B)  one member to represent the health and
  telemedicine industry; and
                     (C)  one member to represent the public higher
  education community;
               (4)  the comptroller or the comptroller's designee; and
               (5)  one nonvoting member appointed by the broadband
  development office to represent the office.
         (c)  The comptroller or the comptroller's designee serves as
  the presiding officer of the board of advisors.
         (d)  Members of the board of advisors serve at the pleasure
  of the appointing authority for staggered two-year terms, with the
  terms of the members described by Subsections (b)(1) and (2)
  expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year and the terms of the
  members described by Subsections (b)(3), (4), and (5) expiring
  February 1 of each even-numbered year. A member may serve more than
  one term.
         (e)  Not later than the 30th day after the date a member's
  term expires, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint a
  replacement in the same manner as the original appointment.
         (f)  If a vacancy occurs on the board of advisors, the
  appropriate appointing authority shall appoint a successor in the
  same manner as the original appointment to serve for the remainder
  of the unexpired term. The appropriate appointing authority shall
  appoint the successor not later than the 30th day after the date the
  vacancy occurs.
         (g)  The board of advisors shall provide guidance to the
  broadband development office regarding the expansion, adoption,
  affordability, and use of broadband service and the programs
  administered by the office.
         (h)  Beginning one year after the effective date of the Act
  enacting this chapter, the board of advisors shall meet at least
  once every other month with representatives from the broadband
  development office for the purpose of advising the work of the
  office in implementing the provisions of this chapter.
         (i)  A person who is professionally affiliated with a person
  serving as a member of the board of advisors is not eligible for
  funding from the broadband development program under Section
  490I.0106.
         (j)  The board of advisors may consult with stakeholders with
  technical expertise in the area of broadband and telecommunication
  technology.
         (k)  Meetings of the board of advisors are subject to Chapter
  551.
         SECTION 6.  (a) The broadband development office
  established by Section 490I.0102, Government Code, as added by this
  Act, shall publish the map required by Section 490I.0105,
  Government Code, as added by this Act, on the comptroller's
  Internet website not later than January 1, 2023.
         (b)  Not later than September 1, 2022, the office shall
  publish on the comptroller's Internet website:
               (1)  a map created by the Federal Communications
  Commission that displays the number of broadband service providers
  that serve each designated area; or
               (2)  a link to a map described by Subdivision (1) of
  this subsection.
         (c)  For the purpose of administering the broadband
  development program established by Section 490I.0106, Government
  Code, as added by this Act, the office shall use a map described by
  Subsection (b) of this section to determine whether an area is
  eligible until the office publishes the map required by Section
  490I.0105, Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 7.  The broadband development office established by
  Section 490I.0102, Government Code, as added by this Act, shall
  prepare the initial state broadband plan required by Section
  490I.0107, Government Code, as added by this Act, not later than the
  first anniversary of the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 8.  (a) Not later than November 1, 2021, each
  appointing authority shall appoint the members of the broadband
  development office board of advisors as required by Section
  490I.0110, Government Code, as added by this Act. The board of
  advisors may not take action until a majority of the members have
  taken office.
         (b)  Before the expiration of one year after the effective
  date of this Act, the broadband development office board of
  advisors established under Section 490I.0110, Government Code, as
  added by this Act, shall meet at least once every month with
  representatives from the broadband development office established
  by Section 490I.0102, Government Code, as added by this Act, for the
  purpose of advising the work of the office in implementing the
  provisions of Chapter 490I, Government Code, as added by this Act.
         SECTION 9.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 5 was passed by the House on April 9,
  2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 0 present, not
  voting; that the House refused to concur in Senate amendments to
  H.B. No. 5 on May 3, 2021, and requested the appointment of a
  conference committee to consider the differences between the two
  houses; and that the House adopted the conference committee report
  on H.B. No. 5 on May 28, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 133,
  Nays 13, 2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 5 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on April 29, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 31,
  Nays 0; at the request of the House, the Senate appointed a
  conference committee to consider the differences between the two
  houses; and that the Senate adopted the conference committee report
  on H.B. No. 5 on May 28, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor       
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