75R10271 MLS-D                           

         By Lewis of Orange                                     H.B. No. 704

         Substitute the following for H.B. No. 704:

         By Denny                                           C.S.H.B. No. 704

                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-1                                   AN ACT

 1-2     relating to the ability of voters in certain counties to petition a

 1-3     commissioners court to increase the salary of members of the county

 1-4     sheriff's department.


 1-6           SECTION 1.  Sections 152.072(a), (d), (e), and (f), Local

 1-7     Government Code, are amended to read as follows:

 1-8           (a)  The qualified voters of a county with a population of

 1-9     more than 25,000 [30,000] may petition the commissioners court of

1-10     the county to increase the minimum salary of each member of the

1-11     sheriff's department.

1-12           (d)  If the commissioners court chooses to call an election,

1-13     the only issue that may be submitted regarding the salaries of

1-14     members of the sheriff's department is whether the proposed minimum

1-15     salary  should be adopted.  The election shall be held on the first

1-16     authorized uniform election date under Chapter 41, Election Code:

1-17                 (1)  [,] that occurs after the 65th day after the date

1-18     the petition was filed; and

1-19                 (2)  on which an election is scheduled to be held

1-20     throughout the county for other purposes.

1-21           (e)  The ballot for the election shall be printed to provide

1-22     for voting for or against the proposition:  "Adoption of the

1-23     proposed minimum salaries of _____________ for members of the

1-24     Sheriff's Department at an annual cost of ______________, which may

 2-1     or may not cause an increase in the county ad valorem property

 2-2     tax." The proposed salary for each rank, pay grade, or

 2-3     classification as stated in the petition and the total annual cost

 2-4     of the increases  must be inserted in the blank spaces [space].

 2-5           (f)  If a majority of the votes cast at the election favor

 2-6     the adoption of the proposed minimum salary, the minimum salary

 2-7     shall take effect on or before the date specified in the petition

 2-8     as the effective date.  If the date on which the results of the

 2-9     official canvass of the election returns are announced is after the

2-10     date specified in the petition as the effective date, the minimum

2-11     salary shall take effect beginning with the first full pay period

2-12     that begins after the date on which the election results are

2-13     canvassed.

2-14           SECTION 2.  The importance of this legislation and the

2-15     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

2-16     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

2-17     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

2-18     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,

2-19     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its

2-20     passage, and it is so enacted.