Honorable David Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor, Senate
Honorable Joe Straus, Speaker of the House, House of Representatives
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB211 by Nichols (Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Facilities Commission and to property development plans in connection with governmental entities; authorizing fees.), Conference Committee Report
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The bill would amend statute relating to the continuation and operation of the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC). TFC is subject to the Sunset Act and will be abolished on September 1, 2013, unless continued by the Legislature. The bill would continue TFC for eight years.
The bill would amend the Education Code to transfer maintenance services for the physical facilities of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) and the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) to the Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), and exclude from TFC the responsibility of facilities management services for TSBVI, TSD, and the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice.
The bill would transfer to the Texas Facilities Commission, no later than January 1, 2014, any obligations and contracts and all property and records in the custody of TSBVI and TSD, respectively, related to the duties and responsibilities of maintenance services of TSBVI's and TSD's physical facilities, including facilities construction, cabling, and facility reconfiguration. The bill would require TFC to enter into a memorandum of understanding with TSBVI and TSD related to their respective transfers. Under the provisions of the bill, the boards of trustees of TSBVI and TSD would have jurisdiction over the physical assets of their respective schools and maintain all funds appropriated by the legislature to carry out the purposes of the schools except as provided by Sec. 30.022 (h-1), Education Code, relating to facilities maintenance services.
The bill would amend the Government Code to: require TFC to prepare a Capitol Complex master plan; require the State Preservation Board to conform any modifications to its long-range master plan for the Capitol and Capitol grounds to the Capitol Complex master plan prepared by TFC; prevent TFC from leasing, selling, or disposing of real property or an interest in real property located in the Capitol Complex, unless it is granted authority by the legislature or, if the legislature is not in session, the governor and the Legislative Budget Board; require TFC to submit the Capitol Complex master plan to the Partnership Advisory Commission (PAC) for review and comment and then to the State Preservation Board and the General Land Office for review and comment.
The bill would: exempt the Capitol Complex from the provisions provided by SB 1048, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, 2011 (the Public and Private Facilities and Infrastructure Act); require public-private partnership (P3) qualifying projects for property located in the Capitol Complex to be consistent with the Capitol Complex master plan; require TFC to develop and implement a policy related to negotiated rulemaking and alternative dispute resolution; clarify submission dates and the recipients of various reports; establish notification and review guidelines, procedures, and policies related to P3 qualifying projects; require an analysis of a qualifying project that has a proposed cost estimate greater than $5.0 million to be conducted by an architect, professional engineer, and a certified public accountant; authorize TFC to charge a fee to cover the costs of reviewing a qualified P3 project; require public hearings on P3 qualified projects; establish procedures for the submission of P3 qualifying projects to the Contract Advisory Team; prohibit certain TFC or other responsible government entity employees involved in a P3 process from being employed outside of the agency by an entity related to their agency responsibilities; prohibit certain financial and business relationships between employees and former employees of a responsible government entity and a contracting person that has entered into a comprehensive agreement with the responsible government entity; provide guidelines for responsible government entities related to the submission, evaluation, and approval of certain projects; provide guidelines relating to the consideration of information submitted by a private entity as public information during the review of a qualifying project; and require TFC to develop a comprehensive planning and development process and a capital improvement and deferred maintenance plan for state property in the agency's inventory.
The bill would allow for money collected related to the lease of state parking lots and garages to be appropriated to TFC to cover any related maintenance costs. The bill would require certain actions to be taken by political subdivisions and assistance organizations relating to the acquisition of certain state surplus property items.
The bill would also amend the Natural Resources Code to exempt the Capitol Complex from state-owned properties in which the General Land Office is required to evaluate and make recommendations regarding the possible highest and best use or possible sale.
The Sunset Advisory Commission, the Texas Facilities Commission, the General Land Office, the Office of the Governor, TSBVI, and TSD indicate the provisions of the bill could be implemented within existing resources.
116 Sunset Advisory Commission, 301 Office of the Governor, 303 Facilities Commission, 304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 305 General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board, 771 School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 772 School for the Deaf
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