S.B. No. 827
  relating to the public schools eligible to receive certain grants
  from the Department of Agriculture.
         SECTION 1.  Section 48.001, Agriculture Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 48.001.  CREATION.  Consistent with this chapter, the
  department by rule shall develop a program to award grants to public
  elementary and middle schools located in large urban school
  districts for the purpose of establishing:
               (1)  demonstration agricultural projects; or
               (2)  other projects designed to foster an understanding
  and awareness of agriculture.
         SECTION 2.  Section 48.002, Agriculture Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 48.002.  ELIGIBILITY.  Subject to available funds, a
  public elementary or middle school is eligible to receive a grant
  under this chapter if the school:
               (1)  is located in a school district with an enrollment
  of at least 49,000 students; and
               (2)  submits to the department, at the time and in the
  form required by the department, a proposal for a demonstration
  agricultural project that includes:
                     (A)  a description of the proposed project;
                     (B)  a schedule of projected costs for the
  project; and
                     (C)  a statement of the educational benefits of
  the project, including how the project will improve understanding
  of agriculture.
         SECTION 3.  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 hereby certify that S.B. No. 827 passed the Senate on
  May 1, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 827 passed the House on
  May 23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House