75R9760 JMC-F                           

         By Jackson                                            H.B. No. 3011

         Substitute the following for H.B. No. 3011:

         By Lewis of Orange                                C.S.H.B. No. 3011

                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 1-1                                   AN ACT

 1-2     relating to precommitment approval for certain purchases of a port

 1-3     authority.


 1-5           SECTION 1.  Section 60.403, Water Code, is amended to read as

 1-6     follows:

 1-7           Sec. 60.403.  CONTRACTS:  PURCHASES.  (a)  A port commission

 1-8     or authorized designated officer of the port commission may make

 1-9     routine purchases or contracts in an amount not to exceed $25,000.

1-10           (b)  Before a purchase is made, a purchase order or other

1-11     form of precommitment approval must be signed by the executive

1-12     director of  the district or the port authority or the authorized

1-13     designated officer.  For routine contracts or purchases, the

1-14     precommitment approval may be in the form of a list of approved

1-15     routine purchases or contracts signed by the executive director.

1-16     The signed list shall remain on file in the offices of the district

1-17     or port authority.

1-18           (c)  A [The] purchase order must be executed in duplicate

1-19     with one copy delivered to the person from whom the purchase is

1-20     made and one copy remaining on file in the district or port

1-21     authority.

1-22           (d)  If a signed list of approved routine contracts or

1-23     purchases under Subsection (b) contains a purchase that is subject

1-24     to approval by the county auditor, the signed list does not

 2-1     constitute precommitment approval of the purchases or contracts

 2-2     listed unless the list is approved by the county auditor.

 2-3           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1997, and

 2-4     applies only to a purchase made on or after the effective date of

 2-5     this Act.

 2-6           SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the

 2-7     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an

 2-8     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the

 2-9     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several

2-10     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.