By Oliveira                                           H.B. No. 2103
                                 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
    1-1                                AN ACT
    1-2  relating to contracts with landowners within industrial districts
    1-3  located in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality.
    1-5        SECTION 1.  Section 42.044, Local Government Code, is amended
    1-6  to read as follows:
    1-7        Sec. 42.044.  CREATION OF INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT IN
    1-8  EXTRATERRITORIAL JURISDICTION.  (a)  In this section, "industrial
    1-9  district" has the meaning customarily given to the term but also
   1-10  includes any area in which tourist-related businesses and
   1-11  facilities are located.
   1-12        (b)  The governing body of a municipality may designate any
   1-13  part of its extraterritorial jurisdiction as an industrial district
   1-14  and may treat the designated area in a manner considered by the
   1-15  governing body to be in the best interests of the municipality.
   1-16        (c)  The governing body may make written contracts with
   1-17  owners of land in the industrial district:
   1-18              (1)  to guarantee the continuation of the
   1-19  extraterritorial status of the district and its immunity from
   1-20  annexation by the municipality for a period not to exceed 15
   1-21  <seven> years; and
   1-22              (2)  with other lawful terms and considerations that
   1-23  the parties agree to be reasonable, <consider> appropriate, and not
    2-1  unduly restrictive of business activities.
    2-2        (d)  The parties to a contract may renew or extend it for
    2-3  successive periods not to exceed 15 <seven> years each.  In the
    2-4  event any owner of land in an industrial district is offered an
    2-5  opportunity to renew or extend a contract, then all owners of land
    2-6  in that industrial district must be offered an opportunity to renew
    2-7  or extend a contract subject to the provisions of Subsection (c).
    2-8        (e)  A municipality may provide for adequate fire-fighting
    2-9  services in the industrial district by:
   2-10              (1)  directly furnishing fire-fighting services that
   2-11  are to be paid for by the property owners of the district;
   2-12              (2)  contracting for fire-fighting services, whether or
   2-13  not all or a part of the services are to be paid for by the
   2-14  property owners of the district; or
   2-15              (3)  contracting with the property owners of the
   2-16  district to have them provide for their own fire-fighting services.
   2-17        (f)  A property owner who provides for his own fire-fighting
   2-18  services under this section may not be required to pay any part of
   2-19  the cost of the fire-fighting services provided by the municipality
   2-20  to other property owners in the district.
   2-21        SECTION 2.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
   2-22  contracts in effect on or entered into after the effective date of
   2-23  this Act.
   2-24        SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
   2-25  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
    3-1  emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
    3-2  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
    3-3  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.