83R10463 CJC-D
  By: Branch H.B. No. 2036
  relating to the creation of a commission to prepare for the
  celebration of the state's bicentennial.
         SECTION 1.  DEFINITION. In this Act, "commission" means the
  Texas 2036 Commission.
         SECTION 2.  COMMISSION. (a) The Texas 2036 Commission is
         (b)  The commission is composed of 12 members. The executive
  director of the Texas Historical Commission, the president general
  of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the chair of the
  board of directors of the State Fair of Texas are members of the
  commission. The governor, the lieutenant governor, and the speaker
  of the house of representatives shall each appoint one member to the
  commission. The county judges of Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Harris,
  Tarrant, and Travis Counties shall each appoint one member to the
         (c)  Appointed members of the commission serve for two years
  and may be reappointed.
         (d)  Appointments to the commission shall be made without
  regard to the race, color, disability, sex, religion, age, or
  national origin of the appointee.
         (e)  A vacancy in an appointed office of the commission shall
  be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
         SECTION 3.  OFFICERS. The commission shall elect one of its
  members to serve as chair for a term of two years. The chair is
  entitled to vote on all matters before the commission.
         SECTION 4.  COMPENSATION.  A member of the commission serves
  without compensation but is entitled to reimbursement for actual
  and necessary expenses incurred in performing functions as a member
  of the commission, subject to any applicable limitation on
  reimbursement provided by the General Appropriations Act.
         SECTION 5.  MEETINGS. The commission shall meet at the call
  of the chair and as provided by commission rule.
  commission may adopt rules as necessary for its procedures.
         (b)  The commission shall plan and coordinate state and local
  activities related to the celebration of the state's bicentennial.
         (c)  The commission may encourage individuals, private
  organizations, and local governmental bodies to organize
  appropriate activities and may gather and disseminate information
  to the public relating to those activities.
         (d)  The commission may solicit and accept gifts and grants
  from any source to be used by the commission in performing its
  functions under this Act.
         SECTION 7.  COMMISSION REPORTS. (a) Before each regular
  session of the legislature, the commission shall report to the
  legislature on its activities during the preceding two-year period.
  The report must include an accounting, verified by a certified
  public accountant, of the money raised and spent by the commission
  during the period covered by the report.
         (b)  As soon after March 2, 2036, as the commission
  determines that it has completed its work and has satisfied its
  financial obligations, but not later than December 31, 2036, the
  commission shall file with the legislature and the secretary of
  state a final report verified by a certified public accountant that
               (1)  the total amount of contributions received by the
  commission during the commission's existence;
               (2)  the total amount of expenditures made by the
  commission; and
               (3)  the total amount of money remaining in the
  commission's possession.
         (c)  On the date on which the commission files its final
  report, the commission shall deliver to the comptroller of public
  accounts all unexpended and unobligated money that the commission
  possesses. The comptroller shall deposit the money to the credit of
  the general revenue fund.
         SECTION 8.  EXPIRATION.  This Act expires and the commission
  is abolished January 1, 2037.
         SECTION 9.  INITIAL APPOINTMENTS.  The governor, the
  lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives,
  and the appropriate county judges shall make the appointments
  required by Section 2 of this Act not later than November 1, 2013.
         SECTION 10.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  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.