79R150 JRJ-D

By:  Van Arsdale                                                  H.B. No. 98 

relating to certain appointments to the boards of metropolitan rapid transit authorities. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 451.502(a), Transportation Code, is amended to read as follows: (a) The five board members under Section 451.501(a)(1) are appointed by the governing body of the principal municipality, except in an authority having a principal municipality with a population of more than 1.2 million, the five board members are appointed as follows: (1) four members appointed by the mayor of the principal municipality and [are] subject to confirmation by the governing body of the principal municipality; and (2) one member, who serves as presiding officer of the board, appointed by a panel composed of: (A) the commissioners court of the principal county; and (B) the governing body of the principal municipality. SECTION 2. Section 451.520(a), Transportation Code, is amended to read as follows: (a) The board shall elect from among its membership a presiding officer, an assistant presiding officer, and a secretary. This subsection does not apply to the selection of a presiding officer who is appointed under Section 451.502(a)(2) or 451.502(e)(3). SECTION 3. (a) This Act takes effect September 1, 2005. (b) The commissioners court and governing body of the municipality shall make the appointment required under Section 451.502(a)(2), Transportation Code, as amended by this Act, following the first vacancy that occurs on the board of a metropolitan rapid transit authority from the members appointed under Section 451.502(a), Transportation Code, after the effective date of this Act.