LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The following legislation was sponsored and passed by Senator Judith Zaffirini. Click here to view legislation passed prior to 2007.

82nd Legislature (2011):

SB 812
Texas Municipal Retirement System Return to Work: would allow persons who retired from a municipality to return to work after a break in employment without suspending payment of their pension. (House sponsor: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 6/17/11.

SB 1927
Volunteer Firefighter Fundraisers: Authorizes volunteer firefighters to hold ten fundraisers a year allowing them to raise more funds for equipment, training and travel expenses. (House sponsor: Rep. John Garza, R- San Antonio); Effective 6/19/11.

HB 159
Texas Municipal Retirement System Return to Work: would allow persons who retired from a municipality to return to work after a break in employment without suspending payment of their pension. (House sponsor: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 1315
Hotel Occupancy Tax: Authorizes the expansion of the City of Jourdanton hotel/motel tax funds for the creation of a sports venue. (House author: Rep. Jose Aliseda, R-Beeville); Effective 6/19/11.

HB 2139
Adopt-A-Library: Would establish an Adopt-A-Library program to encourage public and private entities to invest in public libraries throughout Texas. It would also authorize the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to use any cash, gift, grant, donation, or in-kind contribution that it receives from a public or private entity through the program. It would help assist the commission and public libraries in the establishment, provision, improvement, or expansion of library services. (Author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/11.

HB 2369
VIA Transit Tax: Authorizes the San Antonio’s Advanced Transportation District to issue revenue bonds backed by proceeds from the sales tax. (House author: Rep. Ruth McClendon ); Effective 6/19/11.

81st Legislature (2009):

SB 654

Continued Health Coverage for Appraisal Districts: Authorizes early retirees of appraisal districts to purchase continued health coverage at retirement. (House sponsor: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 6/19/09.

SB 2495
Bee Groundwater Conservation District Eligibility: Requires a person to own land in the single-member groundwater conservation district from which the person is elected to serve as a director of the groundwater conservation district. (House sponsor: Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles, D-Beeville); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 527
Emergency Services District (ESD) Accountability: Authorizes a commissioners court to remove an appointed ESD board member for failure to submit required reports that are requested timely. (House author: Rep. David Leibowitz, D-San Antonio); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 1178
Starr County Drainage District: Creates the Starr County Drainage District in Starr County. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 2708
Karnes County Hospital District: Authorizes the hospital district to borrow money and to secure the loan through a pledge of a district revenue, tax, or bond. (House author: Rep. Yvonne Gonzales Toureilles, D-Beeville); Effective 6/19/09.

HB 2804
Duval County Juvenile Board Member: Increases the compensation cap for additional services paid to judges in Duval County for their performance as a Juvenile Board Members from $3,600 to $10,000. (House Author Rep. Ryan Guillen D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 2813
Starr County Juvenile Board Member: Increases the compensation cap for additional services paid to judges in Starr County for their performance as a Juvenile Board Members from $3,600 to $10,000. (House Author Rep. Ryan Guillen D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/09.

HB 4540
Webb County Development on School Lands: Allows sale of the rights to natural resources or minerals in land held by Webb County for the county permanent school fund, including water wells and oil. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D- Laredo). The bill passed, however, it is not effective because the enabling legislation, HJR 142 by Raymond proposing a necessary constitutional amendment, failed to pass.

HB 4704
Starr County Hospital District: Authorizes the district’s board of directors to borrow money at a rate not to exceed the maximum annual percentage rate allowed by law for district obligations at the time the loan is made. Also permits the board to secure a loan, to pledge district revenue that is not pledged to pay the district’s bonded indebtedness, to impose a district tax in by the district in the next 12-month period following the date of the pledge that is not pledged to pay the principal of or interest on district bonds or a district bond that has been authorized but not sold. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 6/19/09.

80th Legislature (2007):

SB 57
Prioritize Property Tax Disputes: Provides appraisal districts and school districts with a clearer picture of their expected tax revenues by giving ad valorem tax disputes priority and expedited status in local district courts of counties with fewer that 675,000 persons. (House sponsor: Rep. Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen); Effective 9/1/07.

SB 63:
Jim Hogg County Ordinance Authority: Helps Jim Hogg County offer more efficient
county services and prevent the proliferation of colonias by providing the county with the same authority as general-law municipalities. (House sponsor: Rep. Juan Escobar, D-Kingsville); Effective immediately.

SB 404
Bee County Groundwater Conservation District: Codifies the statutory authority of the Bee County Groundwater Conservation District. (House sponsor: Rep. Yvonne González Tourielles, D-Alice); Effective immediately.

SB 1236
Starr County Hospital District: Update the Starr County Hospital District’s enabling
legislation to revise voting and election procedures, and to change the monitoring and control of the district’s finances. (House sponsor: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

SB 1867
Fast Track Subdivision Plat Amendments: Authorizes counties to amend plats to correct certain errors or omissions without public notices, publications, and hearings prescribed by plat revisions. (House sponsor: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective 9/1/07.

SB 2029
San Patricio County Groundwater Conservation District: Requires one director of the district to be elected by the voters of the entire county; requires that one director is to be elected from voters in each justice of the peace precinct; and requires eligible candidates for director to be a registered voter in the district. (House sponsor: Rep. Juan Garcia, D-Corpus Cristi); Effective immediately.

HB 831
Webb County Civil Service: Lowers from 200,000 to 190,000 the population of counties authorized to create a civil service system, thereby allowing Webb County to create a county civil service system for its employees. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective immediately.

HB 2070
Duval County Groundwater District: Extends the deadline for the district’s confirmation election and authorizes Duval County to pay for a portion of the election. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

HB 2072
Starr County Groundwater District: Requires the temporary directors of the district to be appointed and charges those directors with holding an election to confirm the creation of the district. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

HB 2322
Zapata County Hotel Tax: Exempts Zapata County from the four percent limit on its hotel occupancy tax, allowing the rate to be up to the statutory seven percent limit. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

HB 2617
Laredo Court of Record: Creates and establishes rules for the municipal courts of record in the City of Laredo. Provides the municipal court judges are to be elected to four-year terms with a limit of two terms, consistent with the city’s charter. (House author: Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City); Effective immediately.

HB 4037
Jury Terms of 49th and 341st District Courts: Closes the gap for jury terms of the 49th and 341st district courts to allow the courts to secure bond forfeiture for absent defendants. (House author: Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo); Effective 9/1/07.

HB 4067
Boundaries for Zavala-Dimmit County Water Improvement District No. 1: Allows the
district to annex all the areas that are within the Bermuda Reservoir into the district, but does not impact any pre-existing water rights. (House author: Rep. Tracy King, D-Batesville); Effective 6/15/07.

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