By Giddings H.B. No. 2946 75R7355 JMC-F A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the establishment or extension of a municipal water 1-3 system in certain water districts. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter L, Chapter 49, Water Code, is amended 1-6 by adding Section 49.352 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 49.352. MUNICIPAL SYSTEM IN UNSERVED AREA. (a) This 1-8 section applies only to a home-rule municipality that: 1-9 (1) is located in a county with a population of more 1-10 than 1.75 million that is adjacent to a county with a population of 1-11 more than 1 million; and 1-12 (2) has within its boundaries a part of a district. 1-13 (b) If a district does not establish a fire department under 1-14 this subchapter, a municipality that contains a part of the 1-15 district inside its boundaries may by ordinance or resolution 1-16 require that a water system be constructed or extended in the area 1-17 that is in both the municipality and the district for the delivery 1-18 of potable water or sewer service that is sufficient to support the 1-19 placement of fire hydrants and the connection system to fire 1-20 suppression equipment. Notwithstanding any provision of this code, 1-21 the municipality may require persons located in the area that is in 1-22 both the municipality and the district or persons in an adjacent 1-23 area to connect to the municipal water system to obtain water or 1-24 sewer service. 2-1 (c) After a municipality acts under Subsection (b), the 2-2 district shall relinquish authority over and delivery of water or 2-3 sewer services to persons who are connected to the municipal water 2-4 system under that subsection. 2-5 (d) The municipality shall give notice of its election to 2-6 act under this section to the commission. After completion and 2-7 extension of the water system and after notice is given to the 2-8 commission, that water system shall be certified as a water system 2-9 under this code. 2-10 (e) The municipality may charge necessary service fees for 2-11 connection to water or sewer service or any other assessments that 2-12 are required by the municipality for connection to the municipal 2-13 water system. 2-14 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997. 2-15 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 2-16 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 2-17 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 2-18 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-19 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.