S.B. No. 993
  relating to the creation of the Texas Nonprofit Council to assist
  with faith-based and community-based initiatives.
         SECTION 1.  Section 535.055, Government Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
  Council [interagency coordinating group task force] is established
  to help direct the interagency coordinating group in carrying out
  the group's duties under this section.  The commission shall
  provide administrative support to the council [task force].
         (b)  The executive commissioner, in consultation with the
  presiding officer of the interagency coordinating group, shall
  appoint as members of the council two representatives [task force
  one representative] from each of the following groups and entities:
               (1)  [a] statewide nonprofit organizations
               (2)  local governments;
               (3)  faith-based groups;
               (4)  community-based groups;
               (5)  consultants to nonprofit corporations; and
               (6)  [experts in grant writing; and
               [(7)  a] statewide associations [association] of
  nonprofit organizations.
         (c)  The council [In addition to the interagency
  coordinating group's other duties, the interagency coordinating
  group], in coordination with the interagency coordinating group
  [task force], shall:
               (1)  make recommendations [develop and implement a
  plan] for improving contracting relationships between state
  agencies and faith- and community-based organizations;
               (2)  develop best practices for cooperating and
  collaborating with faith- and community-based organizations;
               (3)  identify and address duplication of services
  provided by the state and faith- and community-based organizations;
               (4)  identify and address gaps in state services that
  faith- and community-based organizations could fill.
         (c-1)  The council shall elect a chair or chairs and
  secretary from among its members and shall assist the executive
  commissioner in identifying individuals to fill vacant council
  positions that arise.
         (c-2)  Council members serve three-year terms. The terms
  expire on October 1 of every third year.  A council member shall
  serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.
         (d)  The council [task force] shall prepare a biennial report
  detailing the council's work, including [describing actions taken
  or not taken by the interagency coordinating group under this
  section and include] in the report any recommendations relating to
  legislation necessary to address an issue identified [by the group]
  under this section.  The council [task force] shall present the
  report to the House Committee on Human Services or its successor,
  the House Committee on Public Health or its successor, and the
  Senate Health and Human Services Committee or its successor not
  later than December 1 of each even-numbered year [September 1,
         (e)  Chapter 2110 does not apply to the Texas Nonprofit
         (f)  The Texas Nonprofit Council is subject to Chapter 325
  (Texas Sunset Act).  Unless continued in existence as provided by
  that chapter, the council is abolished and this section expires
  September 1, 2019.  [This section expires September 1, 2013.]
         SECTION 2.  Not later than October 1, 2013, and by October 1
  every three years thereafter, the executive commissioner of the
  Health and Human Services Commission shall appoint members to the
  Texas Nonprofit Council in accordance with Section 535.055,
  Government Code, as amended by this Act.
         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 August 31, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 993 passed the Senate on
  April 18, 2013, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 25, 2013, by the
  following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 993 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 22, 2013, by the following vote: Yeas 144,
  Nays 2, one present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House