By Brown                                              S.B. No. 1333
         77R5925 MI-F                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to programs and funding methods that promote water
 1-3     conservation among certain state and local entities.
 1-5           SECTION 1. Section 373.005(b), Local Government Code, is
 1-6     amended to read as follows:
 1-7           (b)  A community development program may include:
 1-8                 (1)  acquisition of real property, including air
 1-9     rights, water rights, and other interests in real property, that:
1-10                       (A)  is blighted, deteriorated, deteriorating,
1-11     undeveloped, or inappropriately developed from the standpoint of
1-12     sound community development and growth;
1-13                       (B)  is appropriate for rehabilitation or
1-14     conservation activities;
1-15                       (C)  is appropriate for the preservation or
1-16     restoration of historic sites, the beautification of urban land, or
1-17     the conservation of open spaces, natural resources, and scenic
1-18     areas;
1-19                       (D)  is appropriate for the provision of
1-20     recreational opportunities or the guidance of urban development; or
1-21                       (E)  is to be used for the provision of public
1-22     works, facilities, or other improvements eligible for assistance
1-23     under this chapter or is to be used for other public purposes;
1-24                 (2)  acquisition, construction, reconstruction, or
 2-1     installation of public works, facilities, sites, or other
 2-2     improvements, including construction, reconstruction, or
 2-3     installation that implements design features or makes improvements
 2-4     that promote energy or water use efficiency;
 2-5                 (3)  municipal code enforcement in a deteriorated or
 2-6     deteriorating area in which enforcement, combined with public
 2-7     improvements and public services, may stop the decline of the area;
 2-8                 (4)  clearance, demolition, removal, and rehabilitation
 2-9     of buildings and improvements, including rehabilitation that
2-10     promotes energy or water use efficiency, including assistance in
2-11     and financing of public or private acquisition of those properties
2-12     for rehabilitation, and including the renovation of closed school
2-13     buildings;
2-14                 (5)  rehabilitation of privately owned properties;
2-15                 (6)  special projects related to the removal of
2-16     barriers that restrict the mobility of elderly and handicapped
2-17     persons;
2-18                 (7)  payments to housing owners for losses of rental
2-19     income incurred in holding for temporary periods housing units used
2-20     for the relocation of persons displaced by programs conducted under
2-21     this chapter;
2-22                 (8)  disposition, by sale, lease, donation, or
2-23     otherwise, of real property acquired under this chapter, or the
2-24     retention of the property for public purposes;
2-25                 (9)  provision of public services not otherwise
2-26     available if the services are designed to improve the community's
2-27     public services and facilities, including services related to
 3-1     employment opportunities, economic development, crime prevention,
 3-2     child care, health, drug abuse, education, welfare, or recreational
 3-3     needs of persons residing in those areas, or are designed to
 3-4     coordinate public and private development programs;
 3-5                 (10)  payment of the nonfederal share required in
 3-6     connection with a federal grant-in-aid program undertaken as part
 3-7     of a local community development program;
 3-8                 (11)  payment of the cost of completing a project
 3-9     funded under Title I of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C.A.
3-10     Section 1450 et seq.) or a federally assisted new community
3-11     assisted by loan guarantees under Title X of the National Housing
3-12     Act (12 U.S.C.A. Section 1749aa et seq.) if a portion of the
3-13     federally assisted area has received grants under Section 107(A)(1)
3-14     of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C.A.
3-15     Section 5307(a)(1));
3-16                 (12)  relocation payments and assistance for
3-17     individuals, families, businesses, organizations, and farm
3-18     operations if determined by the municipality to be appropriate;
3-19                 (13)  activities necessary to develop a comprehensive
3-20     community development plan and to develop a
3-21     policy-planning-management capacity in order that recipients of
3-22     assistance under this chapter may more rationally and effectively
3-23     determine their needs, set long-term goals and short-term
3-24     objectives, devise programs and activities to meet those goals and
3-25     objectives, evaluate the progress of the programs, and carry out
3-26     management, coordination, and monitoring of activities necessary
3-27     for effective implementation of the programs;
 4-1                 (14)  payment of reasonable administrative costs and
 4-2     carrying charges related to the planning and execution of community
 4-3     development and housing activities, including the provision of
 4-4     information and resources to residents of areas in which community
 4-5     development and housing activities are to be concentrated with
 4-6     respect to the planning and execution of those activities and
 4-7     including the carrying out of activities described by Section
 4-8     701(e) of the Housing Act of 1954 on the day before the date of the
 4-9     enactment of the federal Housing and Community Development
4-10     Amendments of 1981;
4-11                 (15)  activities that are conducted by public or
4-12     private entities if the activities are necessary or appropriate to
4-13     meet the needs and objectives of the community development plan,
4-14     including:
4-15                       (A)  acquisition of real property;
4-16                       (B)  acquisition, construction, reconstruction,
4-17     rehabilitation, or installation of public facilities, site
4-18     improvements, utilities, commercial or industrial buildings or
4-19     other structures, or other commercial or industrial real property
4-20     improvements; and
4-21                       (C)  planning;
4-22                 (16)  grants to:
4-23                       (A)  neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations,
4-24     local development corporations, or other entities organized to
4-25     implement neighborhood revitalization projects, community economic
4-26     development projects, or energy or water conservation projects;
4-27                       (B)  federally assisted new communities; or
 5-1                       (C)  neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations
 5-2     or other private or public nonprofit organizations for the purpose
 5-3     of assisting, as part of neighborhood revitalization or other
 5-4     community development, the development of shared housing
 5-5     opportunities in which elderly families benefit as a result of
 5-6     living in a dwelling in which facilities are shared with others in
 5-7     a manner that effectively and efficiently meets the housing needs
 5-8     of the residents and as a result reduces their cost of housing;
 5-9                 (17)  provision of assistance to private, for-profit
5-10     entities if the assistance is necessary or appropriate to carry out
5-11     an economic development project; and
5-12                 (18)  the rehabilitation or development of housing
5-13     assisted under Section 17 of the United States Housing Act of 1937.
5-14           SECTION 2.  Section 61.0591(c), Education Code, is amended to
5-15     read as follows:
5-16           (c)  The board shall allocate incentive funding, as a
5-17     percentage of base funding, among institutions of higher education
5-18     for the purpose of rewarding institutions achieving goals set by
5-19     the board in relation to:
5-20                 (1)  minority recruitment, retention, and academic
5-21     standards maintenance;
5-22                 (2)  graduation rates and maintenance of academic
5-23     standards;
5-24                 (3)  commitment to liberal arts core curriculum;
5-25                 (4)  commitment to continuing education;
5-26                 (5)  energy conservation and water conservation,
5-27     rainwater harvesting, and water reuse;
 6-1                 (6)  improvements toward maximum utilization of campus
 6-2     facilities;
 6-3                 (7)  commitment to renovation and maintenance of
 6-4     facilities;
 6-5                 (8)  development of articulation arrangements;
 6-6                 (9)  proportion of accredited academic programs;
 6-7                 (10)  assessed performance of graduates as a measure of
 6-8     general education outcome, including assessments based on
 6-9     standardized examination performance;
6-10                 (11)  assessed performance of graduates as a measure of
6-11     specialized education outcome, including assessments based on
6-12     professional licensing examination performance;
6-13                 (12)  evaluation of instructional programs through
6-14     surveys of students, graduates, the general public, and employers;
6-15                 (13)  continuing and systematic peer evaluation of
6-16     academic and research programs by scholars from other institutions;
6-17                 (14)  progress toward or attainment of long-range
6-18     planning goals; and
6-19                 (15)  compliance with the management policies required
6-20     by Section 61.0651 of this code.
6-21           SECTION 3.  Section 2303.304(b), Government Code, is amended
6-22     to read as follows:
6-23           (b)  A neighborhood enterprise association with the approval
6-24     of and in coordination with the responsible state or local
6-25     governmental entity may:
6-26                 (1)  establish crime watch patrols in the association's
6-27     geographic neighborhood area;
 7-1                 (2)  establish volunteer day-care centers;
 7-2                 (3)  organize recreational activities for the
 7-3     association's geographic neighborhood area youth;
 7-4                 (4)  provide garbage collection;
 7-5                 (5)  maintain and improve streets, bridges, and water
 7-6     and sewer lines;
 7-7                 (6)  provide energy or water conservation projects;
 7-8                 (7)  provide health and clinic services;
 7-9                 (8)  provide drug abuse programs;
7-10                 (9)  provide senior citizen assistance programs;
7-11                 (10)  maintain parks;
7-12                 (11)  rehabilitate, renovate, operate, or maintain low
7-13     or moderate income housing; and
7-14                 (12)  provide other types of public services as
7-15     authorized by law or rule.
7-16           SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.