Bill Text: TX HCR42 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Enrolled

Bill Title: Designating the city of Rockwall as the official Live Music Capital of North Texas for a 10-year period beginning in 2017.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 5-1)

Status: (Passed) 2017-06-15 - Signed by the Governor [HCR42 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HCR42-Enrolled.html
  H.C.R. No. 42
         WHEREAS, The City of Rockwall has long been committed to
  fostering a dynamic arts scene in its community, and live music has
  played a vital role in that mission; and
         WHEREAS, In 1999, the city government launched the Concert by
  the Lake Series, a four-week program of free concerts on the eastern
  shore of Lake Ray Hubbard; an instant triumph, the series
  spotlighted regional bands, with each show averaging 175 attendees
  during the inaugural season; the increasing popularity of the
  series caused it to be relocated to The Harbor, a retail and
  entertainment development, in 2007, and two years later, the
  program was expanded to offer 24 consecutive weeks of live music
  annually; since that time, the concerts have regularly drawn crowds
  of more than 7,000 people; and
         WHEREAS, The success of the Concert by the Lake Series led to
  the formation of the city's Live Music Project, which has provided
  invaluable support to area artists and brought a wide variety of
  musical genres to the community; among the project's many benefits
  has been the creation of several outdoor venues, including
  amphitheaters at The Harbor and at Harry Myers Park and two
  permanent stages in the Historic Downtown District; those locations
  have hosted numerous visiting headliners as well as Rockwall Summer
  Musicals, the Rockwall Philharmonic Orchestra, and the San Jacinto
  Plaza Music Series, which presents over 50 free concerts each year;
         WHEREAS, Since 2004, the annual Rockwall Founders Day
  Festival has placed special emphasis on live music by featuring
  regional groups and world-touring acts alike, including such Texas
  music legends as Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Asleep at
  the Wheel, as well as the Little River Band, the Marshall Tucker
  Band, and the Charlie Daniels Band; and
         WHEREAS, Through the efforts of the City of Rockwall, local
  residents are now able to enjoy nearly 130 free live music
  performances each year, and the town's growing reputation as an
  important music hub has made it a popular destination for travelers
  from across Texas and beyond; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 85th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby designate the city of Rockwall as an official Free Live Music
  Capital of North Texas and urge that free live music continue to be
  readily available to the residents and visitors of the Lone Star
  State; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That, in accordance with the provisions of Section
  391.003(e), Government Code, this designation remain in effect
  until the 10th anniversary of its designation.
  Thompson of Harris
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 42 was adopted by the House on May
  4, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 5, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.C.R.
  No. 42 on May 19, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 1, 1
  present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.C.R. No. 42 was adopted by the Senate, as
  amended, on May 12, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED:  __________________