By:  Ellis, Moncrief                                   S.B. No. 959
                                 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
                                        AN ACT
    1-1  relating to state energy efficiency and conservation programs;
    1-2  granting the authority to issue revenue bonds.
    1-4        SECTION 1.  Subdivisions (4) and (6), Section 2, Oil
    1-5  Overcharge Restitutionary Act (Article 4413(56), Vernon's Texas
    1-6  Civil Statutes), are amended to read as follows:
    1-7              (4)  "Direct grant program" means a program through
    1-8  which the Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor>
    1-9  finances projects under this Act that have been approved as
   1-10  components of a proposal recommended by the supervising agency of
   1-11  that program.
   1-12              (6)  "Supervising agency" means the state agency,
   1-13  department, commission, or other entity designated by this Act or
   1-14  by the Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor> to
   1-15  supervise, manage, or administer the implementation of a program
   1-16  financed under this Act.
   1-17        SECTION 2.  Sections 3 and 4, Oil Overcharge Restitutionary
   1-18  Act (Article 4413(56), Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), are amended
   1-19  to read as follows:
   1-20        Sec. 3.  Oil overcharge administration.  (a)  The power and
   1-21  discretion to finance projects under, and oversee and monitor the
   1-22  administration of, the competitive and direct grant programs
   1-23  prescribed by this Act are assigned to the Legislative Budget Board
   1-24  <office of the governor, subject to the requirements of Section 5
    2-1  of this Act>.
    2-2        (b)  The Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor>
    2-3  shall determine the supervising agency for each <competitive grant
    2-4  program and for each> direct grant program established by the board
    2-5  <office>.  The board <office of the governor> may:
    2-6              (1)  establish direct grant programs <and competitive
    2-7  grant programs> in addition to those provided by this Act; and
    2-8              (2)  establish criteria for eligibility and evaluation
    2-9  of proposals submitted under direct grant programs <or competitive
   2-10  grant programs>, which criteria may apply to one or more specific
   2-11  programs or to all programs.
   2-12        (c)  The Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor>
   2-13  shall establish programs and criteria and evaluate proposals in
   2-14  accordance with applicable federal guidelines.  The board <office
   2-15  of the governor> is responsible for the transmission to the
   2-16  appropriate federal entity of all information required under
   2-17  applicable federal guidelines regarding programs and proposals
   2-18  subject to this Act.
   2-19        Sec. 4.  Staff; agency and private assistance.  (a)  The
   2-20  section of the Legislative Budget Board office that provides
   2-21  federal funds analysis <energy office> shall provide staff to
   2-22  implement and administer this Act.
   2-23        (b)  In addition to the section of the Legislative Budget
   2-24  Board office that provides federal funds analysis <energy office>,
   2-25  the Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor> may enlist
   2-26  the assistance of any state agency, department, commission, or
   2-27  other entity or any private entity in the evaluation or review of
    3-1  proposals, the audit of program participants or supervising
    3-2  agencies, the performance of administrative duties under this Act,
    3-3  or the development of eligibility or evaluation criteria.
    3-4        SECTION 3.  Subsections (b) and (e), Section 6, Oil
    3-5  Overcharge Restitutionary Act (Article 4413(56), Vernon's Texas
    3-6  Civil Statutes), are amended to read as follows:
    3-7        (b)  Money in the account shall be appropriated by the
    3-8  legislature to the Legislative Budget Board <governor> for use by
    3-9  the board <office of the governor> in the implementation and
   3-10  operation of programs authorized by this Act.  The board may
   3-11  reallocate amounts appropriated for direct grant programs among any
   3-12  programs approved by the United States Department of Energy.  Money
   3-13  in the account also may be appropriated to provide initial
   3-14  financing for the Texas energy efficiency and conservation program
   3-15  established under Article 16, State Purchasing and General Services
   3-16  Act (Article 601b, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).
   3-17        (e)  The Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor>
   3-18  shall determine the persons whose signatures are authorized to be
   3-19  affixed to vouchers submitted to the comptroller for approval of
   3-20  payments from the account.  The Legislative Budget Board <office of
   3-21  the governor> shall give the comptroller notice of each
   3-22  determination made under this subsection.  The comptroller shall
   3-23  approve payments from the account in the manner provided for
   3-24  approval of payments from other amounts appropriated by the
   3-25  legislature.
   3-26        SECTION 4.  Subsection (b), Section 7, Oil Overcharge
   3-27  Restitutionary Act (Article 4413(56), Vernon's Texas Civil
    4-1  Statutes), is amended to read as follows:
    4-2        (b)  The supervising agency of a direct grant program
    4-3  financed under this Act may adopt rules for implementation of the
    4-4  program, including rules providing eligibility criteria, that are
    4-5  not inconsistent with criteria established by applicable federal
    4-6  guidelines, criteria prescribed by this Act, or criteria adopted by
    4-7  the Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor>.
    4-8        SECTION 5.  Sections 23, 24, and 25, Oil Overcharge
    4-9  Restitutionary Act (Article 4413(56), Vernon's Texas Civil
   4-10  Statutes), are amended to read as follows:
   4-11        Sec. 23.  Energy research and development program.  The
   4-12  Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor> may finance
   4-13  projects under a direct <competitive> grant program to be known as
   4-14  the energy research and development program that supplement or
   4-15  initiate research by public or private institutions on
   4-16  energy-related issues.  The board <office of the governor> may
   4-17  require recipients to match grants awarded under this program in
   4-18  ratios determined by the board <office>.
   4-19        Sec. 24.  Local government energy program.  <(a)>  A direct
   4-20  <competitive> grant program to be known as the local government
   4-21  energy program is established.  Under the program, the supervising
   4-22  agency shall distribute <competitive> grant money provided under
   4-23  this Act for energy-saving projects that benefit local governments
   4-24  in this state.
   4-25        <(b)  Proposals under this section may include energy audits
   4-26  of local government facilities, traffic light synchronization,
   4-27  fleet management, and fuel-efficient transit routing.  The office
    5-1  of the governor may require grant recipients under this program to
    5-2  match the grants in ratios determined by the office.>
    5-3        Sec. 25.  Transportation energy program.  (a)  A direct
    5-4  <competitive> grant program to be known as the transportation
    5-5  energy program is established.  Under this program, the supervising
    5-6  agency shall distribute <competitive> grant money provided under
    5-7  this Act for projects concerning mass transit and other
    5-8  transportation services.  The projects may assist service providers
    5-9  in providing services such as traffic light synchronization, fleet
   5-10  management, energy-efficient computerized transit routing, car-care
   5-11  clinics, vanpooling or ridesharing efforts, transportation of
   5-12  public schoolchildren, transportation of inmates of local
   5-13  correctional facilities <public education related to mass transit>,
   5-14  driver energy conservation awareness training, and transportation
   5-15  services for the elderly or handicapped and may include studies to
   5-16  improve existing and plan for future transportation systems in
   5-17  Texas.
   5-18        (b)  The Legislative Budget Board <office of the governor>
   5-19  may require grant recipients under this program to match the grants
   5-20  in ratios determined by the board <office>.
   5-21        SECTION 6.  The State Purchasing and General Services Act
   5-22  (Article 601b, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes) is amended by adding
   5-23  Article 16 to read as follows:
   5-25        Sec. 16.01.  POLICY.  It is the policy of this state to
   5-26  promote energy efficiency and conservation within the state.
   5-27  Implementation of the program provided by this article will be in
    6-1  furtherance of that policy by making financial assistance available
    6-2  to authorized borrowers to enable the borrowers to undertake energy
    6-3  efficiency and conservation projects.
    6-4        Sec. 16.02.  DEFINITIONS.  In this article:
    6-5              (1)  "Authority" means the Texas Public Finance
    6-6  Authority.
    6-7              (2)  "Program" means the Texas energy efficiency and
    6-8  conservation program provided by this article.
    6-9              (3)  "Revolving fund" means the Texas energy efficiency
   6-10  and conservation revolving fund.
   6-12  REVOLVING FUND.  (a)  The Texas energy efficiency and conservation
   6-13  revolving fund is established in the state treasury.
   6-14        (b)  The revolving fund consists of the proceeds of revenue
   6-15  bonds issued as provided by this article, fees collected as
   6-16  provided by Section 16.06 of this article, federal grants, direct
   6-17  appropriations, income from investment or deposit of amounts in the
   6-18  fund, grants from private sources, and repayments of financial
   6-19  assistance made from the fund.
   6-20        (c)  The commission may provide for the establishment and
   6-21  maintenance of separate accounts within the revolving fund,
   6-22  including program accounts, and, at the direction of the authority,
   6-23  shall provide for interest and sinking accounts and reserve
   6-24  accounts relating to revenue bonds.  The state treasurer shall hold
   6-25  the assets of the revolving fund in trust for the program and the
   6-26  repayment of bonds issued for the program.  The revolving fund is a
   6-27  trust fund for all purposes, including the application of Sections
    7-1  403.094, 403.095, and 404.071, Government Code.
    7-2        (d)  Money in the revolving fund may be appropriated only for
    7-3  the repayment of bonds issued for the program, the payment of costs
    7-4  of issuance of the bonds, and making loans under and paying
    7-5  expenses for the administration of the program.
    7-7  (a)  An agency or governmental entity of the state and any
    7-8  political subdivision or other type of local governmental entity in
    7-9  the state, including a county, municipality, special purpose
   7-10  district, or corporation held by a governmental entity, is
   7-11  authorized to be a borrower under the program provided by this
   7-12  article.
   7-13        (b)  Any energy efficiency or conservation project undertaken
   7-14  by an authorized borrower involving the acquisition, construction,
   7-15  fabrication, installation, or maintenance of improvements,
   7-16  buildings, facilities, or equipment determined by the authorized
   7-17  borrower to promote the conservation or efficient use of energy
   7-18  sources is an eligible project for assistance under the program
   7-19  provided by this article, including a project involving the
   7-20  conversion of motor vehicles or other sources of substantial energy
   7-21  use to alternative fuels and engine-driven applications and a
   7-22  project involving the acquisition, construction, fabrication,
   7-23  installation, or maintenance of fueling stations supplying
   7-24  alternative fuels or equipment enhancing the use of engine-driven
   7-25  technology to support motor vehicles or other energy applications
   7-26  that use alternative fuels.
    8-1  PROGRAM.  (a)  The commission shall establish and administer the
    8-2  Texas energy efficiency and conservation program.  The commission
    8-3  shall adopt rules governing the application for financial
    8-4  assistance under the program and establish criteria for determining
    8-5  which authorized borrowers may participate in the program.  In
    8-6  establishing criteria for participation in the program, the
    8-7  commission shall adopt requirements to ensure the full repayment of
    8-8  all financial assistance and the solvency of the program.
    8-9        (b)  The commission may adopt other rules it considers
   8-10  necessary to administer the program or considers in the best
   8-11  interests of the program.
   8-12        Sec. 16.06.  FEES.  The commission shall set and collect,
   8-13  from applicants and borrowers under the program, fees the
   8-14  commission considers sufficient to cover the expenses of
   8-15  administering the program or considers in the best interest of the
   8-16  program.  The commission shall deposit the fees in the revolving
   8-17  fund and shall apply the fees in accordance with the commission's
   8-18  resolutions and rules.
   8-19        Sec. 16.07.  ISSUANCE OF REVENUE BONDS.  (a)  The commission
   8-20  by resolution may periodically apply for the issuance of revenue
   8-21  bonds for the purpose of providing money for the revolving fund.
   8-22  The total amount of bonds issued for the revolving fund and the
   8-23  program may not exceed $100 million.  The commission shall submit
   8-24  each such resolution it adopts to the authority, and the authority
   8-25  is responsible for issuing the bonds for the commission.
   8-26        (b)  Proceeds of revenue bonds issued as provided by this
   8-27  article shall be deposited in the revolving fund and applied in
    9-1  accordance with the resolution applying for issuance of the bonds:
    9-2              (1)  to provide financial assistance to authorized
    9-3  borrowers; and
    9-4              (2)  to pay costs of issuance of those revenue bonds.
    9-5        (c)  Revenue bonds issued as provided by this article are
    9-6  obligations solely of the commission and are payable solely from
    9-7  funds of the commission that are pledged to the repayment of the
    9-8  revenue bonds.  The commission's revenue bonds under this article
    9-9  are not and do not create or constitute a pledge, giving, or
   9-10  lending of the faith, credit, or taxing power of the state.   Each
   9-11  revenue bond of the commission issued under this article must
   9-12  contain a statement to the effect that the state is not obligated
   9-13  to pay the principal of or any premium or interest on the revenue
   9-14  bond and that neither the faith or credit nor the taxing power of
   9-15  the state is pledged, given, or loaned to such a payment.
   9-16        (d)  Revenue bonds of the commission shall be payable as to
   9-17  principal, interest, and redemption premium, if any, from and
   9-18  secured by a first lien or a subordinate lien on and pledge of all
   9-19  or any part of the property, revenues, income, or other resources
   9-20  of the commission, as specified in the commission's resolution
   9-21  applying for issuance of those revenue bonds.
   9-22        (e)  The commission may provide in a resolution applying for
   9-23  the issuance of revenue bonds a request for the issuance of
   9-24  additional revenue bonds to be equally and ratably secured by lien
   9-25  on the revenues and receipts or for the issuance of subordinate
   9-26  lien revenue bonds.
   9-27        (f)  Revenues of the commission that may be used as a source
   10-1  of payment for the revenue bonds or to establish a reserve account
   10-2  to secure the payment of debt service on the revenue bonds include
   10-3  repayments of financial assistance, money appropriated by the
   10-4  legislature to the commission for the purpose of paying or securing
   10-5  the payment of debt service on the commission's revenue bonds, fees
   10-6  collected under Section 16.05 of this article, and federal or
   10-7  private money allocated to the program.
   10-8        Sec. 16.08.  GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO BONDS.  (a)  The
   10-9  commission's revenue bonds under this article may be issued by the
  10-10  authority from time to time in one or more series or issues, in
  10-11  bearer, registered, or any other form, which may include registered
  10-12  uncertified obligations not represented by written instruments and
  10-13  commonly known as book-entry obligations, the registration of
  10-14  ownership and transfer of which shall be provided for by the
  10-15  authority under a system of books and records maintained by the
  10-16  authority.  Bonds may mature serially or otherwise not more than 40
  10-17  years from their date of issuance.  Bonds may bear no interest or
  10-18  may bear interest at any rate or rates, fixed, variable, floating,
  10-19  or otherwise, determined by the authority or determined pursuant to
  10-20  any contractual arrangements approved by the authority, not to
  10-21  exceed the maximum net effective interest rate allowed by Chapter
  10-22  3, Acts of the 61st Legislature, Regular Session, 1969 (Article
  10-23  717k-2, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).  Interest on the bonds may
  10-24  be payable at any time, and the rate of interest on the bonds may
  10-25  be adjusted at such time as may be determined by the authority or
  10-26  as may be determined pursuant to any contractual arrangement
  10-27  approved by the authority.  In connection with the issuance of
   11-1  bonds for the commission as provided by this article, the authority
   11-2  may exercise the powers granted to the governing body of an issuer
   11-3  in connection with the issuance of obligations under Chapter 656,
   11-4  Acts of the 68th Legislature, Regular Session, 1983 (Article 717q,
   11-5  Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).
   11-6        (b)  The bonds issued under this article and interest
   11-7  coupons, if any, are investment securities under the terms of
   11-8  Chapter 8, Business & Commerce Code.  The bonds are exempt
   11-9  securities under The Securities Act (Article 581-1 et seq.,
  11-10  Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), and unless specifically provided
  11-11  otherwise, under any subsequently enacted securities law.  Any
  11-12  contract, guaranty, or other document executed in connection with
  11-13  the issuance of bonds pursuant to this article is not a security
  11-14  under The Securities Act (Article 581-1 et seq., Vernon's Texas
  11-15  Civil Statutes), and unless specifically provided otherwise, any
  11-16  subsequently enacted securities law.  The authority may do all
  11-17  things necessary to qualify the bonds for offer and sale under the
  11-18  securities laws and regulations of the United States and of the
  11-19  states and other jurisdictions in the United States as the
  11-20  authority determines.
  11-21        (c)  The bonds may be issued in the form and denominations
  11-22  and executed in the manner and under the terms, conditions, and
  11-23  details determined as provided by the authority in the resolution
  11-24  authorizing their issuance.  If any officer whose manual or
  11-25  facsimile signature appears on the bonds ceases to be an officer,
  11-26  the signature is still valid and sufficient for all purposes as if
  11-27  the officer had remained in office.
   12-1        (d)  The bonds may be sold at public or private sale with or
   12-2  without public bidding in the manner, at such rate or rates, price
   12-3  or prices, and on such terms as may be determined by the authority
   12-4  or determined as provided in any contractual arrangement approved
   12-5  by the authority.  The authority also may enter into any
   12-6  contractual arrangement under which the bonds are to be sold from
   12-7  time to time, or subject to purchase, at such prices and rates,
   12-8  interest rate or payment periods, and terms as determined pursuant
   12-9  to that contractual arrangement approved by the authority.
  12-10        (e)  The authority may provide procedures for the replacement
  12-11  of a mutilated, lost, stolen, or destroyed bond or interest coupon.
  12-12        (f)  The resolutions of the authority issuing bonds may
  12-13  contain other provisions and covenants as the authority may
  12-14  determine.  The authority may adopt and have executed any other
  12-15  proceedings or instruments necessary and convenient in the issuance
  12-16  of bonds as provided by this article.
  12-18  ACT.  Section 10A, as added by Chapter 896, Acts of the 71st
  12-19  Legislature, Regular Session, 1989, and Sections 10B, 15, 16, 17,
  12-20  18, 19, and 20, Texas Public Finance Authority Act (Article 601d,
  12-21  Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), apply to revenue bonds issued by
  12-22  the authority for the commission under this article as if the bonds
  12-23  were issued under that Act for the construction of a building.
  12-24        SECTION 7.  The heading of Chapter 447, Government Code, is
  12-25  amended to read as follows:
  12-26                CHAPTER 447.  ENERGY MANAGEMENT CENTER
  12-27                    <OF THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR>
   13-1        SECTION 8.  Section 447.001, Government Code, is amended to
   13-2  read as follows:
   13-3        Sec. 447.001.  Establishment of Center.  The energy
   13-4  management center is established in the General Services Commission
   13-5  <as a division of the office of the governor>.
   13-6        SECTION 9.  Subsections (a), (c), and (d), Section 447.004,
   13-7  Government Code, are amended to read as follows:
   13-8        (a)  The  <Through the> energy management center<, the office
   13-9  of the governor> shall adopt and publish energy conservation design
  13-10  standards, under the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register
  13-11  Act (Article 6252-13a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes), that all new
  13-12  state buildings and major renovation projects, including buildings
  13-13  and major renovation projects of state-supported institutions of
  13-14  higher education, are required to meet.  The center <office of the
  13-15  governor> shall define what constitutes a major renovation project
  13-16  under this section and shall review and update the standards
  13-17  biennially.
  13-18        (c)  The standards must be adopted in terms of energy
  13-19  consumption levels and must take into consideration the various
  13-20  classes of building uses and must allow for design flexibility.
  13-21  Procedural standards must be directed toward specific design and
  13-22  building practices that produce good thermal resistance and low
  13-23  infiltration and toward requiring practices in the design of
  13-24  mechanical and electrical systems that maximize energy efficiency.
  13-25  The procedural standards must concern, as applicable:
  13-26              (1)  insulation;
  13-27              (2)  lighting;
   14-1              (3)  ventilation;
   14-2              (4)  climate control;
   14-3              (5)  special energy requirements of health-related
   14-4  facilities of higher education and state agencies; and
   14-5              (6)  any other item that the center <office of the
   14-6  governor> considers appropriate that is adopted under the
   14-7  Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act (Article 6252-13a,
   14-8  Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes).
   14-9        (d)  In order to demonstrate compliance with the requirement
  14-10  to adopt and update the conservation design standards, each agency
  14-11  and institution of higher education shall submit a copy of its
  14-12  design and construction manuals to the center <office of the
  14-13  governor> on request.
  14-14        SECTION 10.  Sections 447.005, 447.006, and 447.007,
  14-15  Government Code, are amended to read as follows:
  14-16        Sec. 447.005.  Energy Efficiency Projects.  Subject to
  14-17  applicable state and federal laws or guidelines, the <office of the
  14-18  governor, through the> energy management center<,> may implement
  14-19  energy efficiency projects at state agencies or may assist those
  14-20  agencies in implementing the projects through energy efficiency
  14-21  programs financed through state or federal grants or loans and
  14-22  shall provide staff for administration of the Texas energy
  14-23  efficiency and conservation program established under Article 16,
  14-24  State Purchasing and General Services Act (Article 601b, Vernon's
  14-25  Texas Civil Statutes).
  14-26        Sec. 447.006.  Obtaining Data.  The energy management center
  14-27  <office of the governor> shall obtain semiannually from each state
   15-1  agency information relating to the cost of heating and cooling
   15-2  buildings owned by the state.
   15-3        Sec. 447.007.  Model Codes.  The energy management center
   15-4  <office of the governor> may recommend model energy conservation
   15-5  building codes to municipalities for use in enacting or amending
   15-6  municipal ordinances.
   15-7        SECTION 11.  Subsection (a), Section 447.008, Government
   15-8  Code, is amended to read as follows:
   15-9        (a)  The <Through the> energy management center<, the office
  15-10  of the governor> may provide additional energy services, including:
  15-11              (1)  training of designated state employees in energy
  15-12  management, energy-accounting techniques, and energy efficient
  15-13  design and construction;
  15-14              (2)  technical assistance regarding energy efficient
  15-15  capital improvements, energy efficient building design, and
  15-16  cogeneration and thermal storage investments;
  15-17              (3)  technical assistance to the State Auditor and to
  15-18  state agencies regarding conducting energy management performance
  15-19  audits and monitoring of utility bills to detect billing errors;
  15-20              (4)  technical assistance to state agencies regarding
  15-21  third-party financing of energy efficient capital improvement
  15-22  projects; and
  15-23              (5)  other energy-related assistance requested by
  15-24  agencies, other legislatively created entities of the state,
  15-25  institutions of higher education, and consortiums of institutions
  15-26  of higher education that the center <office of the governor>
  15-27  considers appropriate.
   16-1        SECTION 12.  Subsection (a), Section 447.011, Government
   16-2  Code, is amended to read as follows:
   16-3        (a)  The <Through the> energy management center<, the office
   16-4  of the governor> shall provide energy management planning
   16-5  assistance to state agencies and institutions of higher education,
   16-6  including:
   16-7              (1)  preparation of a long-range plan for the delivery
   16-8  of reliable, cost-effective utility services for state agencies,
   16-9  institutions of higher education, boards, and commissions in Travis
  16-10  County.  This plan shall be presented to the affected agencies for
  16-11  use in preparing their five-year construction and major
  16-12  rehabilitation plans.  After other energy-saving alternatives are
  16-13  considered, district heating and cooling and on-site generation of
  16-14  electricity may be considered in planning for reliable, efficient,
  16-15  and cost-effective utility services;
  16-16              (2)  assistance to the Department of Public Safety for
  16-17  energy emergency contingency planning, using state or federal funds
  16-18  when available; and
  16-19              (3)  assistance to state agencies and institutions of
  16-20  higher education in preparing comprehensive energy management
  16-21  plans.  The energy management center shall prepare guidelines for
  16-22  the preparation of these plans.  State agencies and institutions of
  16-23  higher education that expend more than $250,000 annually for
  16-24  heating, lighting, and cooling and that occupy state-owned
  16-25  buildings shall prepare and submit a five-year energy management
  16-26  plan to the center <office of the governor>.  Agencies and
  16-27  institutions of higher education with smaller usage may be required
   17-1  to submit such plans.  Updated plans shall be submitted biennially
   17-2  when requested by the center <governor>.
   17-3        SECTION 13.  On the effective date of this Act, all powers,
   17-4  duties, obligations, records, and property of the office of the
   17-5  governor that are connected to a function that is transferred from
   17-6  the office of the governor to another entity by this Act and all
   17-7  appropriations to the office of the governor for functions
   17-8  transferred by this Act are transferred to the appropriate entity.
   17-9  All employees of the energy management center of the office  of the
  17-10  governor are transferred to the General Services Commission.  All
  17-11  rules, standards, and specifications of the office of the governor
  17-12  that relate to a function that is transferred by this Act remain in
  17-13  effect as rules, standards, and specifications of the entity to
  17-14  which the function is transferred unless superseded by proper
  17-15  authority of that entity.
  17-16        SECTION 14.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1993.
  17-17        SECTION 15.  The importance of this legislation and the
  17-18  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
  17-19  emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
  17-20  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
  17-21  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.