H.B. No. 2902
relating to the maintenance and preservation of historic
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. The heading to Section 442.0081, Government
Code, is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 442.0081. HISTORIC COURTHOUSE PRESERVATION AND
MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS [
PROGRAM]; GRANTS AND LOANS.
SECTION 2. Section 442.0081, Government Code, is amended by
adding Subsection (g-1) and amending Subsection (h) to read as
(g-1) To help protect courthouses that have benefited from
the historic courthouse preservation program, the commission shall
develop and implement a maintenance program to assist counties
receiving money under the preservation program in continuing to
maintain, repair, and preserve the courthouses. The maintenance
program may include offering to periodically inspect the
courthouses and offering counties technical assistance and
information on best practices in maintaining the courthouses.
(h) The commission shall adopt rules necessary to implement
the historic courthouse preservation and maintenance programs
SECTION 3. Sections 442.0083(e) and (f), Government Code,
are amended to read as follows:
(e) A grant for a historic courthouse project may not exceed
the greater of $6 [ $4] million or two percent of the amount
appropriated for implementing the historic courthouse preservation
program during the state fiscal biennium.
(f) Biennial appropriations to the commission for
administering the historic courthouse preservation and maintenance
programs [ program] during a state fiscal biennium, including
providing oversight for historic courthouse projects, may not
exceed 2-1/2 [ one] percent of the amount appropriated for
implementing the historic courthouse preservation and maintenance
programs [ program] during the state fiscal biennium.
SECTION 4. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 2902 was passed by the House on May 4,
2005, by a non-record vote; and that the House concurred in Senate
amendments to H.B. No. 2902 on May 23, 2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 2902 was passed by the Senate, with
amendments, on May 20, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays
Secretary of the Senate