Bill Text: TX HB4210 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to publication of notice requirements for certain governmental entities and representatives.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-18 - Left pending in committee [HB4210 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB4210-Introduced.html
  86R3600 JCG-D
 
  By: E. Johnson of Dallas H.B. No. 4210
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to publication of notice requirements for certain
  governmental entities and representatives.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 2051.044(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The newspaper in which a notice is published must:
               (1)  devote not less than 25 percent of its total column
  lineage to general interest items;
               (2)  be published at least once each week; and
               (3)  [be entered as second-class postal matter in the
  county where published; and
               [(4)]  have been published regularly and continuously
  for at least 12 months before the governmental entity or
  representative publishes notice.
         SECTION 2.  Section 2051.049, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 2051.049.  SELECTION OF NEWSPAPER. (a) The
  governmental entity or representative required to publish a notice
  in a newspaper shall select, in accordance with this subchapter,
  one or more newspapers to publish the notice.
         (b)  To encourage the development of minority-owned
  businesses in this state, a governmental entity or representative
  that publishes a notice in a newspaper under Section 2051.044 shall
  consider selecting a newspaper that is a minority-owned business
  if:
               (1)  a substantial percentage of the individuals
  residing in the area where the notice is to be published are members
  of one or more minority groups; and
               (2)  a newspaper in the area where the notice is to be
  published: 
                     (A)  is a minority-owned business; and
                     (B)  is widely circulated in that area. 
         (c)  In this section, "minority-owned business" and
  "minority group" have the meanings assigned by Section 161.131(c),
  Natural Resources Code.
         SECTION 3.  Section 2051.044(a), Government Code, as amended
  by this Act, and Section 2051.049(b), Government Code, as added by
  this Act, apply only to a publication of notice first published on
  or after the effective date of this Act. A publication of notice
  published before the effective date of this Act is governed by the
  law in effect at the time of the publication, and the former law is
  continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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