1-1     By:  Shapleigh, Lucio                                  S.B. No. 228
 1-2           (In the Senate - Filed January 11, 2001; January 16, 2001,
 1-3     read first time and referred to Committee on Business and Commerce;
 1-4     April 9, 2001, reported adversely, with favorable Committee
 1-5     Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 7, Nays 0; April 9, 2001,
 1-6     sent to printer.)
 1-7     COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR S.B. No. 228                By:  Shapleigh
 1-8                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-9                                   AN ACT
1-10     relating to requiring certain state agencies to study the state and
1-11     federal mandates affecting the region of the state near the border
1-12     with Mexico.
1-14           SECTION 1.  (a)  State agencies shall conduct studies of the
1-15     state and federal mandates affecting the region of the state near
1-16     the border with Mexico as follows:
1-17                 (1)  the attorney general's office shall study judicial
1-18     and law enforcement issues, including:
1-19                       (A)  the impact on law enforcement of the federal
1-20     judicial caseload in the border region, compared to the average
1-21     federal judicial caseload; and
1-22                       (B)  the effects of illegal drugs on the border
1-23     region;
1-24                 (2)  the comptroller's office shall study:
1-25                       (A)  the impact of federal law enforcement on the
1-26     taxes of border residents; and
1-27                       (B)  the funding this state receives from the
1-28     United States Department of Transportation compared to the volume
1-29     of trade traffic on Texas highways;
1-30                 (3)  the Texas Department of Banking shall study
1-31     financial policies, including:
1-32                       (A)  the impact of the loan-to-deposit ratio on
1-33     the economy of the border region; and
1-34                       (B)  the failure of federal policies to create
1-35     adequate credit markets for the border region;
1-36                 (4)  the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
1-37     shall study environmental policies, including:
1-38                       (A)  the effect of water pollution on the Rio
1-39     Grande;
1-40                       (B)  the effect of air pollution on the border
1-41     region; and
1-42                       (C)  the impact of the North American Free Trade
1-43     Agreement on water and wastewater needs for the Border Environment
1-44     Cooperation Commission and the North American Development Bank, as
1-45     established under federal law;
1-46                 (5)  the Texas Department of Health shall study the
1-47     adverse health effects of pollution on border residents;
1-48                 (6)  the Texas Department of Transportation shall study
1-49     the transportation infrastructure, including the effect of
1-50     overweight commercial vehicles on border roads; and
1-51                 (7)  the Texas Workforce Commission shall study North
1-52     American Free Trade Agreement issues, including the effect of the
1-53     agreement on worker displacement in the cities and other areas in
1-54     the border region.
1-55           (b)  The comptroller of public accounts, office of the
1-56     attorney general, Texas Department of Banking, Texas Natural
1-57     Resource Conservation Commission, Texas Department of Health, Texas
1-58     Department of Transportation, and Texas Workforce Commission each
1-59     shall file, not later than December 15, 2002, a written report with
1-60     the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of
1-61     representatives that details the results and states the findings of
1-62     the agency's study.
1-63           SECTION 2.  This Act expires February 1, 2003.
1-64           SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
 2-1     a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
 2-2     provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
 2-3     Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
 2-4     Act takes effect September 1, 2001.
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