H.B. 1913

By: Burkett


Committee Report (Unamended)






Recently enacted legislation authorized municipal governmental bodies to post their meeting notices electronically. Interested parties note that, although most airports in Texas are owned and operated by municipalities, which already have this authorization, there are instances where two or more governmental entities have created a joint airport board, consisting of members appointed by the governing authority of each participating entity, to exercise on their behalf all the powers of each with respect to an airport, air navigation facility, or airport hazard area acting jointly. The parties contend that, absent any express grant of authority to such a joint airport board, the board would not fall under the applicability of that law and that legislation is needed to make state law relating to the electronic posting of meeting notices applicable to such an airport. H.B. 1913 seeks to address this issue.




It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly create a criminal offense, increase the punishment for an existing criminal offense or category of offenses, or change the eligibility of a person for community supervision, parole, or mandatory supervision.




It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution.




H.B. 1913 amends the Government Code to expand the definition of "governmental body," for purposes of the state's open meetings law, to include a joint airport board and to require such a joint airport board to post notice of each meeting of the board on a physical or electronic bulletin board at a place convenient to the public in the board's administrative offices and concurrently on the board's website.




On passage, or, if the bill does not receive the necessary vote, September 1, 2015.