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      By Stiles                                       H.B. No. 1428

                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-1                                   AN ACT

 1-2     relating to the creation and operation of a commission to

 1-3     coordinate the celebration of the centennial of the discovery of

 1-4     the Spindletop Oil Field.


 1-6           SECTION 1.  COMMISSION.  (a)  The Spindletop Centennial

 1-7     Celebration Commission (Spindletop 2001 Commission) is created and

 1-8     is composed of:

 1-9                 (1)  thirteen public members appointed by the governor:

1-10                       (A)  two members from Lamar University;

1-11                       (B)  one member from Texas A&M University;

1-12                       (C)  two members from the Texas Energy Museum;

1-13                       (D)  five members from among the residents of

1-14     Jefferson County;

1-15                       (E)  three members from the state-at-large; and

1-16                 (2)  two members of the senate appointed by the

1-17     lieutenant governor to serve as ex-officio members;

1-18                 (3)  two members of the house of representatives

1-19     appointed by the speaker of the house to serve as ex-officio

1-20     members;

1-21                 (4)  the executive director of the Texas Railroad

1-22     Commission to serve as an ex-officio member;

1-23                 (5)  the executive director of the Texas Natural

1-24     Resources Conservation Commission to serve as an ex-officio member;

 2-1     and

 2-2                 (6)  the executive director of the Texas Historical

 2-3     Commission to serve as an ex-officio member.

 2-4           (b)  A member of the legislature vacates the person's

 2-5     position on the commission if the person ceases to be a member of

 2-6     the legislature. A vacancy is filled by the appointing officer in

 2-7     the same manner as the original appointment.

 2-8           (c)  An ex-officio member may designate a representative to

 2-9     serve in the member's absence.  A representative designated under

2-10     this subsection must be an officer or employee of the member's

2-11     state agency or house of the legislature.

2-12           (d)  Each member is a voting member.  The duties performed by

2-13     a state officer or employee as a member of the commission

2-14     constitute additional duties of the office or employment.

2-15           (e)  Appointments of the public members to the commission

2-16     shall be made without regard to the race, color, handicap, sex,

2-17     religion, age or national origin of the appointee.

2-18           (f)  A member of the commission is not liable to civil action

2-19     for any act performed in good faith in the execution of duties as a

2-20     commission member.

2-21           (g)  The commission is subject to the open meetings law,

2-22     Chapter 271, Acts of the 60th Legislature, Regular Session, 1967

2-23     (Article 6252-17, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes) and its subsequent

2-24     amendments and the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act

2-25     (Article 6252-13a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes) and its

2-26     subsequent amendments.

2-27           SECTION 2.  TERMS.  Public members of the commission hold

2-28     office until the expiration of the commission.

2-29           SECTION 3.  OFFICERS.  At its first meeting, the commission

2-30     shall elect one of its members to serve as chair.  The chair is

 3-1     entitled to vote on all matters before the commission.

 3-2           SECTION 4.  COMPENSATION.  A public member of the commission

 3-3     may not receive compensation for serving on the commission.  A

 3-4     public member is entitled to reimbursement for actual and necessary

 3-5     expenses incurred in performing functions as a member of the

 3-6     commission, subject to any applicable limitation on reimbursement

 3-7     provided by the General Appropriations Act.

 3-8           SECTION 5.  MEETINGS.  The commission shall meet at the call

 3-9     of the chair and as provided by commission rule.  Regularly

3-10     scheduled meetings shall be held at the Texas Energy Museum in

3-11     Beaumont.  Special meetings may be held at other locations in the

3-12     state.


3-14     The commission may adopt rules as necessary for its own procedures.

3-15           (b)  The commission shall coordinate state and local

3-16     activities relating to the celebration of the centennial of the

3-17     discovery of the Spindletop Oil Field.

3-18           (c)  The commission may encourage individuals, corporations,

3-19     private organizations and local governmental bodies to organize

3-20     appropriate activities and may gather and disseminate information

3-21     to the public relating to those activities.

3-22           (d)  The commission may accept gifts and grants from any

3-23     source to be used by the commission in performing its functions

3-24     under this Act.

3-25           SECTION 7.  FINAL REPORT.  (a)  As soon after December 31,

3-26     2001, as the commission determines that it has completed its work

3-27     and has satisfied its financial obligations, but not later than

3-28     March 31, 2002, the commission shall file with the secretary of

3-29     state a final report verified by a certified public accountant that

3-30     shows:

 4-1                 (1)  the total amount of contributions received by the

 4-2     commission during the commission's existence;

 4-3                 (2)  the total amount of expenditures made by the

 4-4     commission from non-appropriated funds; and

 4-5                 (3)  the total amount of non-appropriated funds

 4-6     remaining in the commission's possession.

 4-7           (b)  On the date on which the commission files its final

 4-8     report with the secretary of state, the commission shall deliver to

 4-9     the state treasurer all unexpended non-appropriated funds it

4-10     possesses.  The treasurer shall deposit the funds in the state

4-11     treasury to the credit of the general revenue fund.

4-12           SECTION 8.  EXPIRATION.  This Act expires and the commission

4-13     is abolished effective March 31, 2001.

4-14           SECTION 9.  EMERGENCY.  The importance of this legislation

4-15     and the crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

4-16     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

4-17     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

4-18     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,

4-19     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its

4-20     passage, and it is so enacted.