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  84R5009 CLG-D
 
  By: Alvarado H.B. No. 1156
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of an electronic information and
  application system for state and local incentives for economic
  development purposes.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle G, Title 10, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 2301 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 2301. ELECTRONIC ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES
  INFORMATION AND APPLICATION SYSTEM
         Sec. 2301.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "Department," "electronic government project,"
  "local government," and "state electronic Internet portal" have the
  meanings assigned by Section 2054.003.
               (2)  "Monetary incentive" means a grant, loan, or other
  form of monetary incentive paid from state or local government
  revenues that a business entity may receive in exchange for or as a
  result of conducting an activity with an economic development
  purpose.
               (3)  "State agency" means a department, commission,
  board, office, council, authority, or other state agency in the
  executive branch of state government.
               (4)  "Tax incentive" means any exemption, deduction,
  credit, exclusion, waiver, rebate, discount, deferral, or other
  abatement or reduction of state or local government tax liability
  of a business entity that the business entity may receive in
  exchange for or as a result of conducting an activity with an
  economic development purpose.
         Sec. 2301.002.  ESTABLISHMENT OF PROJECT.  The department
  shall establish an electronic government project to develop an
  Internet website accessible through the state electronic Internet
  portal that:
               (1)  provides a single location that a business entity
  considering relocating to or expanding in this state may use to
  receive information relating to state and local government monetary
  and tax incentives for which the entity may be qualified;
               (2)  includes an interactive tool that allows a
  business entity to:
                     (A)  determine whether the entity may be eligible
  for any state or local government monetary or tax incentive in this
  state; and
                     (B)  receive an estimate of the state and local
  government monetary and tax incentives for which the entity may be
  eligible;
               (3)  allows, when feasible, the business entity to fill
  out one application for all state and local government monetary and
  tax incentives for which the entity may be eligible; and
               (4)  allows, when feasible, for the application to be
  submitted to each state agency or local government that offers the
  monetary or tax incentive for which the business entity may be
  eligible.
         Sec. 2301.003.  ESTABLISHING AND OPERATING PROJECT;
  COORDINATION. In establishing and operating the electronic
  government project under this chapter, the department, in
  coordination with the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office
  and the comptroller, and with the assistance of officials of local
  governments, shall direct, coordinate, and assist state agencies
  and local governments in establishing and using:
               (1)  a common electronic application and reporting
  system, including:
                     (A)  a standard format for announcing monetary and
  tax incentive opportunities;
                     (B)  standard data elements for use in creating
  monetary and tax incentive opportunity announcement summaries,
  including existing monetary and tax incentives and search
  functions; and
                     (C)  a common application form for a person to use
  in applying for a monetary or tax incentive from multiple state
  agencies and local governments; and
               (2)  a process for:
                     (A)  improving interagency and intergovernmental
  coordination of information collection and sharing of data relating
  to monetary and tax incentives; and
                     (B)  improving the timeliness, completeness, and
  quality of applications received by a state agency or local
  government for monetary and tax incentives.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.