By: Chisum H.B. No. 2417
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
relating to statutory authority for the legislature to make or
reduce appropriations to certain governmental entities.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. GENERAL AUTHORITY. (a) Notwithstanding any
statute to the contrary, the legislature, in its discretion, may
determine the amount of each appropriation of state funds. The
amounts required by statute for entities that receive state funds
under Article VI of the General Appropriations Act, 79th
Legislature, Regular Session, 2005, may be reduced or eliminated in
order to achieve a balanced budget.
(b) This section expires September 1, 2007.
SECTION 2. ARTICLE VI AGENCY REDUCTION METHODS.
Notwithstanding any other statute of this state, each state agency
that receives funds under Article VI of the General Appropriations
Act, 79th Legislature, Regular Session, 2005, is authorized to
reduce expenditures by:
(1) consolidating any reports or publications the
agency is required to make and filing or delivering any of those
reports or publications exclusively by electronic means;
(2) extending the effective period of any license,
permit, or registration the agency grants or administers;
(3) entering into a contract with another governmental
entity or with a private vendor to carry out any of the agency's
(4) providing that any communication between the
agency and another person and any document required to be delivered
to or by the agency, including any application, notice, billing
statement, receipt, or certificate, may be made or delivered by
electronic mail or through the Internet; and
(5) adopting and collecting fees or charges to cover
any costs the agency incurs in performing its lawful functions.
SECTION 3. EROSION RESPONSE. Section 40.152, Natural
Resources Code, is amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as
(c) Notwithstanding Subsection (a)(9), the legislature may
appropriate to the General Land Office for erosion response
projects under Subchapter H, Chapter 33, money from the fund in an
amount that exceeds the amount of interest accruing to the fund
SECTION 4. REPEALER. Section 1, Chapter 200, Acts of the
78th Legislature, Regular Session, 2003, is repealed.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act takes effect
immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members
elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas
Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for
immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2005.