By Stiles H.B. No. 2914 Substitute the following for H.B. No. 2914: By Bosse C.S.H.B. No. 2914 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the conveyance by the General Land Office of the 1-3 state's interest in certain real property. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. GRANT AND RELINQUISHMENT. The state grants and 1-6 relinquishes all of its right, title, and interest in and to the 1-7 property described in Section 3(a) of this Act to the city of Port 1-8 Arthur, subject to the provisions of Section 5 of this Act. 1-9 SECTION 2. REVOCATION OF GRANT. The state revokes and 1-10 cancels all grants previously made to the city of Port Arthur in 1-11 and to the property described in Section 3(b) of this Act, subject 1-12 to the provisions of Section 5 of this Act. Upon the effective 1-13 date of the revocation and cancellation, the property described in 1-14 Section 3(b) of this Act shall become property of the permanent 1-15 school fund. 1-16 SECTION 3. DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY. (a) The real property, 1-17 rights to which are to be relinquished by the state under this Act, 1-18 consists of tracts of land out of Sabine Lake, Jefferson County, 1-19 Texas, described by metes and bounds in patents of record in the 1-20 General Land Office, as follows: 1-21 (1) 1524.77 acres of land contained in three tracts, 1-22 as described in Patent Number 212, Volume 64A, file 1-23 Jefferson-Scrip-594, authorized by Chapter 181, page 364, Special 1-24 Laws, Acts of the 42nd Legislature, 1931, as amended by Chapter 2-1 170, Acts of the 61st Legislature, Regular Session, 1969; 2-2 (2) 14.7 acres of land, as described in Patent Number 2-3 409, Volume 53A, file Jefferson-Scrip-596, authorized by Chapter 2-4 22, Acts of the 43rd Legislature, First C.S., 1933; 2-5 (3) 1877.94 acres of land, as described in Patent 2-6 Number 80, Volume 26B, file Jefferson-Scrip-598, authorized by 2-7 Chapter 219, Acts of the 54th Legislature, Regular Session, 1955; 2-8 and 2-9 (4) 5920.82 acres of land contained in three tracts, 2-10 as described in Patent Number 338, Volume 35B, file 153420, 2-11 authorized by Chapter 206, Acts of the 60th Legislature, Regular 2-12 Session, 1967. 2-13 (b) The real property, rights to which are to be revoked and 2-14 canceled under this Act, consists of all land on Pleasure Island in 2-15 Jefferson County, Texas, conveyed to the city of Port Arthur by 2-16 prior legislative act of the state, except for the property 2-17 described in Subsection (a) of this section. 2-18 SECTION 4. NATURE OF TITLE CONVEYED BY THE STATE. From and 2-19 after the date the commissioner issues the patent authorized in 2-20 Section 5 of this Act: (a) the city of Port Arthur may hold the 2-21 property described in Section 3(a) of this Act in its proprietary 2-22 capacity; 2-23 (b) the property shall no longer be subject to a public use 2-24 restriction, or any other restriction on its use or disposition by 2-25 the city, except as provided in Section 5 of this Act; and 2-26 (c) the city may use, develop, lease, sell, option, or 2-27 convey all or any portion of the property for public or private 3-1 purposes. 3-2 SECTION 5. CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY WITH RESERVATION OF 3-3 MINERALS AND EASEMENT. The city of Port Arthur shall pay the sum 3-4 of $25,000 to the General Land Office for the benefit of the 3-5 permanent school fund. Upon receipt of the required payment, the 3-6 commissioner of the General Land Office shall convey to the city of 3-7 Port Arthur, by issuing a new patent, all of the remaining right, 3-8 title, and interest of the state to the property described in 3-9 Section 3(a) of this Act, except the commissioner shall reserve: 3-10 (1) ownership of all oil, gas, and other minerals in, 3-11 on, or beneath the property, and the right to lease, explore, and 3-12 develop the property, on behalf of the permanent school fund; and 3-13 (2) to the extent located on the property described in 3-14 3(a) of this Act, the easement and right of way described in 3-15 Section 5(a), 54th Legislature, Regular Session, 1955. 3-16 SECTION 6. CANCELLATION OF ORIGINAL PATENTS. Upon issuing 3-17 the patent authorized in Section 5 of this Act, the commissioner of 3-18 the General Land Office shall cancel the following patents: 3-19 (a) Patent Number 212, Volume 64A, file 3-20 Jefferson-Script-594, issued January 12, 1937; 3-21 (b) Patent Number 409, Volume 53A, file Jefferson-Scrip-596, 3-22 issued January 26, 1934; 3-23 (c) Patent Number 80, Volume 26B, file Jefferson-Scrip-598, 3-24 issued March 5, 1956; and 3-25 (d) Patent Number 338, Volume 35B, file 153420, issued June 3-26 6, 1967. 3-27 SECTION 7. REPEALER. The following laws are repealed 4-1 effective as of the date the commissioner issues the patent 4-2 authorized in Section 5 of this Act: (a) Chapter 181, page 364, 4-3 Special Laws, Acts of the 42nd Legislature, 1931, as amended by 4-4 Chapter 170, Acts of the 61st Legislature, Regular Session, 1969; 4-5 (b) Chapter 219, 54th Legislature, Regular Session, 1955; 4-6 (c) Chapter 206, 60th Legislature, Regular Session, 1967; 4-7 (d) Chapter 826, Acts of the 73rd Legislature, Regular 4-8 Session, 1993; and 4-9 (e) All previous laws in conflict with this Act, to the 4-10 extent of the conflict. 4-11 SECTION 8. SAVINGS CLAUSE. All previous grants, leases, 4-12 easements, or other conveyances by the city of Port Arthur or the 4-13 Pleasure Island Commission of the property described in Section 4-14 3(a) of this Act are hereby confirmed. Nothing in this Act shall 4-15 be construed to affect the rights or title of any private person or 4-16 any governmental entity to any portion of the property described in 4-17 Section 3(a) of this Act. The patent issued by the Commissioner 4-18 pursuant to Section 5 of this Act shall enure to the benefit of the 4-19 legal owners. 4-20 SECTION 9. SEVERABILITY. If any section, paragraph, 4-21 sentence, clause, phrase, or word contained in this Act shall be 4-22 held unconstitutional by any court of this state or the United 4-23 States of America, the invalidity of such portion of the Act shall 4-24 not be construed to affect any other part of this Act. 4-25 SECTION 10. EMERGENCY. The importance of this legislation 4-26 and the crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 4-27 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 5-1 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 5-2 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 5-3 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 5-4 passage, and it is so enacted.