H.B. No. 1023
  relating to grants made by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
         SECTION 1.  Section 444.024, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 444.024.  GRANTS.  (a)  The commission may make grants
  for any purpose consistent with the purposes of this chapter.
         (b)  An applicant for a grant of money from the commission
  shall specify in the grant application a minimum and maximum amount
  of money requested.
         (c) [(b)]  Before making a grant of money of $500 or more,
  the commission shall submit the grant application to a panel of
  commission consultants for its recommendations, including a[. The
  panel shall include in its recommendations its] determination of
  the reasonableness of the proposed amounts of funding.
         (d)  The commission must approve a grant of $500 or more.  The
  commission by rule may delegate the authority to approve a grant of
  less than $500 to the executive director. The commission shall
  review a grant approved by the executive director at the
  commission's next regular meeting after the approval.
         (e) [(c)]  The commission by rule shall adopt equitable
  procedures for the distribution of grants to recipients who reflect
  the geographical, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the state's
         SECTION 2.  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, 2007.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1023 was passed by the House on April
  13, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1023 was passed by the Senate on May
  17, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________