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  By: Shaheen H.B. No. 1554
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a report on local government operations prepared by the
  comptroller.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 403, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 403.03056 to read as follows:
         Sec. 403.03056.  LOCAL GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS REPORT. (a) In
  this section, "local government" means a municipality, county,
  school district, hospital district, special-purpose district, or
  other political subdivision of this state.
         (b)  The comptroller shall prepare and deliver to the
  governor, the lieutenant governor, and each member of the
  legislature a report of local government operations that includes,
  for each local government in this state:
               (1)  a compilation of the local government's financial
  data, including:
                     (A)  total revenue in the previous fiscal year;
                     (B)  total expenditures in the previous fiscal
  year;
                     (C)  pension liability, if applicable;
                     (D)  tax-supported debt;
                     (E)  revenue-supported debt;
                     (F)  if the local government is a municipality,
  county, or school district, debt per capita;
                     
                     (G)  lease-purchase obligations; and
                     (H)  certificates of obligation;
               (2)  the statutory or constitutional authority for:
                     (A)  establishing the local government; and
                     (B)  the local government's taxing or assessment
  authority, as applicable;
               (3)  the local government's method of governance,
  including the method by which the governing body of the local
  government is appointed or elected; and
               (4)  the year and method by which the local government
  was established.
         (c)  Not later than December 31 of each year ending in five
  and zero, the comptroller shall:
               (1)  deliver the report to the governor, the lieutenant
  governor, and each member of the legislature; and
               (2)  post the report on the comptroller's website.
         (d)  The comptroller may request information related to the
  report from a local government, and the local government shall
  comply with that request.
         (e)  Notwithstanding Subsection (c), the comptroller:
               (1)  shall prepare, deliver, and post the initial
  report not later than December 31, 2019; and
               (2)  is not required to prepare, deliver, or post a
  report in 2020.
         (f)  This subsection and Subsection (e) expire August 31,
  2023.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.