By: Harris, Ellis, Wentworth S.B. No. 937 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1-1 relating to the creation of the Texas Advisory Commission on 1-2 Intergovernmental Relations. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Title 7, Government Code, is amended by adding 1-5 Chapter 741 to read as follows: 1-6 CHAPTER 741. TEXAS ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL 1-7 RELATIONS 1-8 Sec. 741.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter: 1-9 (1) "Commission" means the Texas Advisory Commission 1-10 on Intergovernmental Relations. 1-11 (2) "Local government" means a political subdivision 1-12 of this state or a combination of political subdivisions of this 1-13 state. 1-14 Sec. 741.002. ESTABLISHMENT. The Texas Advisory Commission 1-15 on Intergovernmental Relations is established as an agency of the 1-16 state. 1-17 Sec. 741.003. PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS. (a) The purpose of 1-18 the commission is to strengthen and improve relationships between 1-19 the state and local governments and to enhance cooperation among 1-20 local governments. 1-21 (b) The commission shall: 1-22 (1) provide a forum for discussion of 1-23 intergovernmental issues; 2-1 (2) conduct and coordinate research on 2-2 intergovernmental issues; 2-3 (3) collect and distribute information on 2-4 intergovernmental issues; and 2-5 (4) publish and distribute research and conference 2-6 reports. 2-7 Sec. 741.004. COMPOSITION OF COMMISSION. (a) The 2-8 commission is composed of: 2-9 (1) seven members appointed by the governor as 2-10 follows: 2-11 (A) a member of the governor's office; 2-12 (B) a member from the Office of State-Federal 2-13 Relations; and 2-14 (C) a representative of an association of: 2-15 (i) county governments; 2-16 (ii) municipal governments; 2-17 (iii) public school districts; 2-18 (iv) junior college districts; and 2-19 (v) regional councils of government; 2-20 (2) a member of the Senate Committee on 2-21 Intergovernmental Relations appointed by the lieutenant governor; 2-22 and 2-23 (3) a member of the House Committee on Urban Affairs 2-24 or the House Committee on County Affairs appointed by the speaker 2-25 of the house. 3-1 (b) Service on the commission by a public official is an 3-2 additional function of the official in an advisory capacity and 3-3 does not constitute the holding of a public office. 3-4 (c) A member of the commission serves a two-year term. The 3-5 terms expire September 1 of each odd-numbered year. 3-6 (d) If a house or senate committee specified by this section 3-7 does not exist, the lieutenant governor or speaker, as applicable, 3-8 may appoint any member of the appropriate house who serves on a 3-9 committee with jurisdiction relating to local government. 3-10 Sec. 741.005. ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION OF COMMISSION. 3-11 (a) The members of the commission shall elect a presiding officer 3-12 and a secretary. The officers are elected for a term of two years. 3-13 (b) The commission shall hold at least one meeting every six 3-14 months and at other times that the presiding officer considers 3-15 necessary. 3-16 (c) An agency of the state and any local government shall 3-17 make available to the commission any information or document not 3-18 confidential under law that is requested by the commission and 3-19 shall cooperate with the commission in carrying out its functions. 3-20 Sec. 741.006. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND STAFF. (a) The 3-21 University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs 3-22 shall provide the commission with an executive director and other 3-23 staff necessary to carry out its powers and duties under this 3-24 chapter. 3-25 (b) The dean of The University of Texas at Arlington School 4-1 of Urban and Public Affairs, in consultation with the commission, 4-2 shall appoint the executive director of the commission. 4-3 Sec. 741.007. COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES. A member of the 4-4 commission may not receive a salary for service on the commission 4-5 but is entitled to reimbursement for travel and other necessary 4-6 expenses incurred in performing duties of the commission. 4-7 Sec. 741.008. CONTRACTS. The commission may apply for, 4-8 receive, and expend any appropriation or grant from the state, a 4-9 local government, the federal government, or any other public or 4-10 private source. Funds received under this section shall be managed 4-11 by The University of Texas at Arlington School of Urban and Public 4-12 Affairs and shall be maintained in the accounts of the university. 4-13 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997. 4-14 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 4-15 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.