Bill Text: TX HB857 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the name and governance of the Railroad Commission of Texas.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-25 - Referred to Energy Resources [HB857 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB857-Introduced.html
  86R4694 JXC-D
 
  By: Anchia H.B. No. 857
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the name and governance of the Railroad Commission of
  Texas.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Chapter 81, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 81. TEXAS ENERGY RESOURCES [RAILROAD] COMMISSION [OF TEXAS]
         SECTION 2.  Section 81.001, Natural Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "Commission" means the Texas Energy Resources
  [Railroad] Commission [of Texas].
               (2)  "Commissioner" means any member of the Texas
  Energy Resources [Railroad] Commission [of Texas].
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter A, Chapter 81, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 81.003 to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.003.  TEXAS ENERGY RESOURCES COMMISSION. (a) The
  Railroad Commission of Texas is renamed the Texas Energy Resources
  Commission.
         (b)  A reference in law to:
               (1)  the Railroad Commission of Texas means the Texas
  Energy Resources Commission; and
               (2)  a railroad commissioner or a member of the
  Railroad Commission of Texas means a member of the Texas Energy
  Resources Commission.
         SECTION 4.  Sections 81.01001(a) and (b), Natural Resources
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The Texas Energy Resources [Railroad] Commission [of
  Texas] is subject to Chapter 325, Government Code (Texas Sunset
  Act).  Unless continued in existence as provided by that chapter,
  the commission is abolished September 1, 2029.
         (b)  The Texas Energy Resources [Railroad] Commission [of
  Texas] shall pay the costs incurred by the Sunset Advisory
  Commission in performing a review of the commission under this
  section.  The Sunset Advisory Commission shall determine the
  costs, and the commission shall pay the amount of those costs
  promptly on receipt of a statement from the Sunset Advisory
  Commission detailing the costs.
         SECTION 5.  Subchapter B, Chapter 81, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 81.010015 to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.010015.  ELECTION AND TERMS OF COMMISSIONERS;
  VACANCIES. (a) The commission is composed of three commissioners
  elected at the general election for state and county officers.
         (b)  Commissioners serve staggered terms of six years, with
  the term of one commissioner expiring December 31 of each
  even-numbered year.
         (c)  The governor shall appoint a person to fill a vacancy on
  the commission until the next general election.
         SECTION 6.  Section 81.01005, Natural Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.01005.  NAME AND SEAL. (a) The commissioners are
  known collectively as the "Texas Energy Resources [Railroad]
  Commission [of Texas]."
         (b)  The seal of the commission contains a star of five
  points with the words "Texas Energy Resources [Railroad] Commission
  [of Texas]" engraved on it.
         SECTION 7.  The heading to Section 81.0521, Natural
  Resources Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.0521.  FEE FOR APPLICATION FOR EXCEPTION TO
  [RAILROAD] COMMISSION RULE.
         SECTION 8.  Section 52.092(c), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (c)  Statewide offices of the state government shall be
  listed in the following order:
               (1)  governor;
               (2)  lieutenant governor;
               (3)  attorney general;
               (4)  comptroller of public accounts;
               (5)  commissioner of the General Land Office;
               (6)  commissioner of agriculture;
               (7)  energy resources [railroad] commissioner;
               (8)  chief justice, supreme court;
               (9)  justice, supreme court;
               (10)  presiding judge, court of criminal appeals;
               (11)  judge, court of criminal appeals.
         SECTION 9.  On the effective date of this Act, the name of
  the Railroad Commission of Texas is changed to the Texas Energy
  Resources Commission. The change of the agency's name does not
  affect:
               (1)  the agency's powers, duties, rights, or
  obligations;
               (2)  the agency's personnel, equipment, data,
  documents, facilities, contracts, items, other property,
  appropriations, rules, or decisions;
               (3)  a proceeding of or involving the agency under the
  name of the Railroad Commission of Texas; or
               (4)  the terms of the chairman or other members of the
  governing body of the agency.
         SECTION 10.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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