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  83R2578 NC-F
 
  By: Elkins H.B. No. 1744
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to authorizing local governments to participate in
  statewide technology centers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 2054.375, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 2054.375.  DEFINITIONS [DEFINITION]. In this
  subchapter:
               (1)  "Governmental entity" means a state agency or
  local government.
               (2)  "Statewide[, "statewide] technology center" means
  a statewide technology center established or operated under this
  subchapter.
         SECTION 2.  Section 2054.376(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  This subchapter applies to all information resources
  technologies, other than telecommunications services, that are:
               (1)  obtained by a state agency using state money; [or]
               (2)  used by a state agency; or
               (3)  used by a participating local government.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter L, Chapter 2054, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 2054.3771 to read as follows:
         Sec. 2054.3771.  LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. The department may
  establish or expand a statewide technology center to include
  participation by a local government.  The executive director and
  the department have all the powers necessary or appropriate,
  consistent with this chapter, to accomplish that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  Section 2054.378(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The department may operate statewide technology centers
  to provide two or more governmental entities [state agencies], on a
  cost-sharing basis, services relating to:
               (1)  information resources and information resources
  technology; [and]
               (2)  the deployment and development of statewide
  applications; and
               (3)  the deployment and development of local or
  statewide applications for local governments.
         SECTION 5.  Section 2054.380(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The department shall set and charge a fee to each
  governmental entity [state agency] that receives a service from a
  statewide technology center in an amount sufficient to cover the
  direct and indirect cost of providing the service.
         SECTION 6.  Subchapter L, Chapter 2054, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 2054.3851 to read as follows:
         Sec. 2054.3851.  LOCAL GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATION AND
  SELECTION. (a)  A local government may submit a request to the
  department to receive services or operations through a statewide
  technology center. The local government shall identify its
  particular requirements, operations costs, and requested service
  levels.
         (b)  On receipt of the request, the department shall conduct
  a cost and requirements analysis for the local government.
         (c)  If the department selects the local government for
  participation in a statewide technology center, the department
  shall provide notice to the local government that includes:
               (1)  the scope of the services to be provided to the
  local government;
               (2)  a schedule of anticipated costs for the local
  government; and
               (3)  the implementation schedule for the local
  government.
         (d)  If selected to participate in a statewide technology
  center, a local government may contract with the department to
  receive the identified services and have the identified operations
  performed through the statewide technology center.
         SECTION 7.  Section 2054.387, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 2054.387.  INTERAGENCY CONTRACT; COMPLIANCE WITH
  SERVICE LEVELS. The department shall ensure compliance with
  service levels agreed to in an interagency contract or
  intergovernmental contract, as appropriate, executed under this
  subchapter.
         SECTION 8.  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, 2013.