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  82R4525 ACP-D
  By: Watson S.J.R. No. 24
  proposing a constitutional amendment exempting political
  subdivisions from unfunded legislative mandates and authorizing
  the legislature to provide funding for legislative mandates on
  political subdivisions.
         SECTION 1.  Article III, Texas Constitution, is amended by
  adding Section 68 to read as follows:
         Sec. 68.  (a)  In this section, "legislative mandate" means
  a statutory provision enacted by the legislature that requires a
  political subdivision to establish, expand, or modify an activity
  in a way that requires an expenditure of revenue that would not have
  been required in the absence of the provision.
         (b)  For purposes of this section, a legislative mandate is
  considered to be unfunded during any period for which the
  legislature has not appropriated money, if authorized by this
  constitution to do so, or otherwise provided a source of funding
  other than revenue of the political subdivision that is estimated
  to be sufficient to meet the cost of financing the expenditure, as
  determined by law.  The legislature by general law or appropriation
  may provide for reimbursement or other payment of the costs
  incurred by political subdivisions in complying with an unfunded
  legislative mandate.
         (c)  A political subdivision is exempt from a legislative
  mandate during a period in which the mandate is unfunded. The
  legislature by general law may authorize a commission or other
  body, which may include members of the legislature, to identify
  legislative mandates and determine whether a legislative mandate is
  considered unfunded for a specific period.
         (d)  The legislature by general law may provide a method by
  which an unfunded legislative mandate is suspended or expires.
         (e)  This section does not apply to:
               (1)  a legislative mandate enacted before January 1,
               (2)  a legislative mandate that is necessary to comply
  with a requirement of the Texas Constitution, federal law, or a
  court order; or
               (3)  a legislative mandate that creates a criminal
  offense or changes the elements of a criminal offense.
         SECTION 2.  This proposed constitutional amendment shall be
  submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 8, 2011.
  The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the
  proposition: "The constitutional amendment exempting political
  subdivisions from unfunded legislative mandates."