Senate Research CenterS.B. 1759
By: Armbrister
Intergovernmental Relations


Current laws regarding public securities contain provisions that are
inconsistent with modern commercial practices.  S.B. 1759 clarifies such
provisions to make the issuance and sale of and security and payment for
public securities more efficient, more consistent among different codes,
and less confusing.  


This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a
state officer, institution, or agency.  


SECTION 1.  Amends Section 1201.022(a), Government Code, to authorize a
public security to be issued to be sold at a public or private sale and
under the terms determined by the governing body of the issuer to be in the
issuer's best interests. 

SECTION 2.  Amends Chapter 1201B, Government Code, by adding Section
1201.028, as follows: 

certain actions taken at a meeting of the governing body of an issuer are
immediately effective and a subsequent meeting is not required,
notwithstanding any other law, including a provision in a municipal

SECTION 3.  Amends Section 1203.023, Government Code, to require a trust
company or commercial bank acting as a registrar under this chapter to
maintain the registrar records in this state at the direction of the

SECTION 4.  Amends Section 1207.008, Government Code, to provide that an
issuer is not required to comply with Subsection (a)(2) if the governing
body of the issuer determines and states in the proceedings authorizing the
issuance of the refunding bonds that the manner in which the refunding is
being executed does not make it practicable to make the determination
required by that subsection. 

SECTION 5.  Amends Section 1207.061(a), Government Code, to authorize an
issuer to deposit an amount of money sufficient to provide for the payment
or redemption of the obligations to be refunded or to be paid or redeemed
in whole or in part without issuing refunding bonds directly with a trust
company or commercial bank other than one described in this section that
does not act as a depository for the issuer and is named in the proceedings
of the issuer authorizing execution of an agreement under Section 1207.062. 

SECTION 6.  Amends Section 1207.062(a), Government Code, to authorize an
issuer to enter into an escrow or similar agreement with a person described
by Section 1207.061(a), rather than paying agent or trustee, with respect
to the safekeeping, investment, administration, and disposition of a
deposit made under Section 1207.061. 
SECTION 7.  Amends Section 1207.063, Government Code, to make a conforming

SECTION 8.  Amends Section 1371.001(2), Government Code, to conform to
Section 1, Chapter 1018, Acts of the 76th Legislature, Regular Session,
1999, to provide that an approved venue project under Chapter 334 (Sports
and Community Venues) or 335 (Sports and Community Venue Districts), Local
Government Code, is included in the definition of "eligible project." 

SECTION 9.  Amends Section 1371.001(4), Government Code, to conform to
Section 1, Chapters 378, 984, and 1018, Acts of the 76th Legislature,
Regular Session, 1999, and to include the following in the definition of
"issuer": a hospital district in a county that has a population of more
than two million; an independent school district that has an average daily
attendance of 50,000 or more as determined under Section 42.005 (Average
Daily Attendance), Education Code; a municipality or county operating under
Chapter 334, Local Government Code; or a district created under Chapter
335, Local Government Code. 

SECTION 10.  Amends Section 1371.051, Government Code, to authorize the
governing body of an issuer, on its authorization and approval, to issue,
sell and deliver an obligation to finance all or part of a payment owed or
to be owed on the establishment of a certain type of credit agreement or
the settlement or termination of a certain credit agreement, whether the
settlement or termination occurs at the option of the parties to the
agreement or by operation of the terms of the agreement. 

SECTION 11.  Amends Chapter 1371B, Government Code, by adding Section
1371.0521, as follows: 

independent school district from issuing an obligation under this chapter
unless the obligation is authorized in accordance with Section 45.003 (Bond
and Tax Elections), Education Code. 

SECTION 12.  Amends Section 1502.055(c), Government Code, to provide that
this section does not apply to the sale of an unencumbered natural gas
system owned by a municipality with a population of more than 100,000,
rather than 1.2 million. 

SECTION 13.  Amends Section 55.16, Education Code, as follows:  

(a) Requires a board having management and control of an institution of
higher education (board) to perform certain duties as provided by this

(b)  Provides that unless it is expressly provided by law that specified
funds under the control of a board are not considered revenue funds, a
provision in this title or another law that limits the purpose for which
funds under the control of the board may be spent does not impair a board's
ability to pledge and use all revenue funds under the board's control to
secure and pay obligations of the board under this chapter or other law. 

(c) Requires a board to fixe each rental, rate, charge, or fee that the
board has authority to fix in an amount determined to be necessary to pay
or provide, for each activity or service, all associated capital costs.
Provides that, except as otherwise provided by Subsection (e), this section
does not authorize a board to impose a rental, rate, charge, or fee at an
amount exceeding a limit imposed by another provision of this title. 

(d) Requires a board, for billing and reporting purposes, to accumulate all
mandatory fees or charges provided for by this section or Chapter 54 as a
separate facilities and services charge. 

SECTION 14.  (a) Validates all acts and proceedings of each governing
board, as defined by Section 55.01 (Definitions), Education Code, and as
used in Chapter 130 (Junior College Districts), Education Code, relating to
the establishment and collection of rates, rentals, charges, and fees, as
of the dates  they occurred. 

(b) Provides that the provisions of this section do not apply to an act or
proceeding that on September 1, 2001, is involved in litigation if the
litigation ultimately results in the act or proceeding being held invalid
by a final judgment of a court; or one that has been held invalid by a
final judgment of a court. 

SECTION 15.  Effective date: September 1, 2001.