By Duncan S.B. No. 1564 Substitute the following for S.B. No. 1564: By Najera C.S.S.B. No. 1564 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the funding of emergency medical services by 1-3 municipalities with a population of 5,000 or more in counties with 1-4 a population of less than 60,000. 1-5 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-6 SECTION 1. Subtitle F, Title 2, Health and Safety Code, is 1-7 amended by adding Chapter 123 to read as follows: 1-8 CHAPTER 123. FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES BY 1-9 CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES 1-10 Sec. 123.001. MUNICIPALITIES COVERED BY CHAPTER. This 1-11 chapter applies only to a municipality that on January 1, 2001: 1-12 (1) had a population of 5,000 or more; 1-13 (2) provided services through full-time employees of 1-14 the emergency medical services department of the municipality's 1-15 fire department; 1-16 (3) was not within a district that otherwise provided 1-17 emergency medical services; and 1-18 (4) was within a county with a population of less than 1-19 60,000. 1-20 Sec. 123.002. AUTHORITY TO ASSESS FEE FOR THE PROVISION OF 1-21 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES. (a) The governing body of a 1-22 municipality subject to this chapter may levy or assess a fee by 1-23 ordinance in an amount not to exceed $2 per month to be paid by 1-24 persons to whom water, sewer, gas, or electrical services are 2-1 provided by the municipality. The fee, if imposed, shall be 2-2 collected in the same manner as any other utility payment collected 2-3 by the municipality. 2-4 (b) A fee imposed under this section must be enacted by 2-5 ordinance. 2-6 (c) A fee imposed under this section must be enacted prior 2-7 to November 1, 2002. 2-8 Sec. 123.003. COLLECTION AND USE OF FUNDS. Funds collected 2-9 by a municipality under this chapter must be accounted for in a 2-10 separate proprietary fund. The funds collected may be used only 2-11 for the provision of emergency medical services within the 2-12 municipality or the county which the municipality is located. 2-13 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.