By Madla                                               S.B. No. 929
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the application of the Professional Services
 1-3     Procurement Act to a governmental entity created to oversee the
 1-4     redevelopment of a military base.
 1-6           SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 2254, Government Code, is
 1-7     amended by adding Section 2254.006 to read as follows:
 1-9     MILITARY BASE.  (a)  This subchapter does not apply to the
1-10     acquisition of professional  services by a governmental entity that
1-11     is created to oversee the redevelopment of a federal military base
1-12     in this state that is closed or that is scheduled for closure, if
1-13     the professional services to be acquired are within the scope of
1-14     the practice, as defined by state law, of accounting, architecture,
1-15     land surveying, professional engineering, or real estate appraising
1-16     or will be provided in connection with the professional employment
1-17     or practice of a person who is licensed as a certified public
1-18     accountant, an architect, a land surveyor, a professional engineer,
1-19     or a state certified or state licensed real estate appraiser.
1-20     Notwithstanding other law, those professional services must be
1-21     acquired through competitive bidding or competitive sealed
1-22     proposals under the general procurement laws applicable to the
1-23     governmental entity.
1-24           (b)  A provision in a state statute or a state agency rule
 2-1     relating to the licensing, certification, registration, or
 2-2     regulation of certified public accountants, architects, land
 2-3     surveyors, professional engineers,  or state certified or state
 2-4     licensed real estate appraisers that prohibits or discourages
 2-5     competitive bidding or competitive sealed proposals does not apply
 2-6     and may not be given effect or enforced in any manner in relation
 2-7     to the provision of professional services to a governmental entity
 2-8     to which this section applies.
 2-9           SECTION 2.  The importance of this legislation and the
2-10     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-11     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-12     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-13     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
2-14     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
2-15     passage, and it is so enacted.