S.B. No. 1681 AN ACT 1-1 relating to authorizing the Texas National Research Laboratory 1-2 Commission to contract with a special utility district. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Subsection (b), Section 465.008, Government Code, 1-5 is amended to read as follows: 1-6 (b) The commission may enter into a contract with another 1-7 state agency, a political subdivision of the state, including a 1-8 special utility district as defined by Section 65.001, Water Code, 1-9 the United States, or a private agency, college, university, 1-10 corporation, partnership, association, or other person for an 1-11 appropriate purpose in connection with the performance of its 1-12 duties, including a contract, study, investigation, or proposal 1-13 necessary to conduct its duties. Chapter 454, Acts of the 65th 1-14 Legislature, Regular Session, 1977 (Article 6252-11c, Vernon's 1-15 Texas Civil Statutes), does not apply to use by the commission of a 1-16 private consultant to provide services in connection with 1-17 formulation or submission of two or more siting proposals under 1-18 this chapter, except that in selecting the consultant the 1-19 commission shall give the preference required by Section 3(b)(2) of 1-20 that chapter. 1-21 SECTION 2. The importance of this legislation and the 1-22 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 1-23 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 1-24 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-1 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 2-2 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 2-3 passage, and it is so enacted.