Bill Text: TX HB2317 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the requirements for meetings of certain special districts.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-06 - Referred to County Affairs [HB2317 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB2317-Introduced.html
  86R11718 JCG-D
 
  By: Toth H.B. No. 2317
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the requirements for meetings of certain special
  districts.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 49.062, Water Code, is amended by
  amending Subsections (b) and (c) and adding Subsections (b-1),
  (b-2), and (b-3) to read as follows:
         (b)  The board shall designate one or more places inside or
  outside the district for conducting the meetings of the board. The
  meeting place may be a private residence or office, provided that
  the board, in its order establishing the meeting place, declares
  the same to be a public place and invites the public to attend any
  meeting of the board.
         (b-1)  The designated place must provide district residents
  a reasonable opportunity to attend board meetings.
         (b-2)  If the board establishes a meeting place or places
  outside the district:
               (1)  the place or places must be located within 10 miles
  of the district boundaries; and
               (2)  the board [, it] shall give notice of the location
  or locations by filing a true copy of the resolution establishing
  the location or locations of the meeting place or places with the
  commission and also by publishing notice of the location or
  locations in a newspaper of general circulation in the district.
         (b-3)  If the location of any of the meeting places outside
  the district is changed, notice of the change shall be given in the
  same manner.
         (c)  After at least 25 qualified electors are residing in a
  district, on the written request of at least five of those electors
  for[,] the board to [shall] designate a different meeting place to
  provide district residents a reasonable opportunity to attend
  district meetings, the board shall determine whether [and hold
  meetings within the district if it determines that] the designated
  meeting place [used by the district] deprives the residents of a
  reasonable opportunity to attend district meetings. On the board's
  failure to designate a different [the location of the] meeting
  place to provide district residents a reasonable opportunity to
  attend district meetings [within the district], five electors may
  petition the commission to designate a different location. If the
  commission [it] determines that the meeting place used by the
  district deprives the residents of a reasonable opportunity to
  attend district meetings, the commission may designate a meeting
  place inside or outside the district which is reasonably available
  to the public and require that the meetings be held at that [such]
  place. After the next election, the board may designate different
  meeting places, including one located outside the boundaries of the
  district.
         SECTION 2.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
  an open meeting held on or after the effective date of this Act. An
  open meeting that is held before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date of the open meeting, and
  the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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