By: Cortez H.B. No. 2761
  relating to the powers and duties of a defense based development
         SECTION 1.  Section 379(B).004 (a), Local Government Code,
  is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 379B.004.  POWERS AND DUTIES OF AUTHORITY.  (a)  An
  authority may exercise power necessary or convenient to carry out a
  purpose of this chapter, including the power to:
               (1)  adopt an official seal, or alter it;
               (2)  adopt rules;
               (3)  enter into a contract or incur a liability;
               (4)  acquire and dispose of money;
               (5)  select a depository;
               (6)  establish a system of accounts for the authority;
               (7)  invest funds in accordance with Chapter 2256,
  Government Code;
               (8)  set the fiscal year for the authority;
               (9)  adopt an annual operating budget for major
  expenditures before the beginning of the fiscal year;
               (10)  borrow money or issue a bond in an amount that
  does not exceed the maximum amount set by the board;
               (11)  loan money;
               (12)  acquire, lease, lease-purchase, convey, grant a
  mortgage on, or otherwise dispose of a property right, including a
  right regarding base property;
               (13)  lease property located on the base property to a
  person to effect the purposes of this chapter;
               (14)  request and accept a donation, grant, guaranty,
  or loan from any source permitted by law;
               (15)  operate and maintain an office;
               (16)  charge for the use, lease, or sale of an open
  space or a facility;
               (17)  exercise a power granted to a municipality by
  Chapter 380;
               (18)  authorize by resolution the incorporation of a
  nonprofit airport facility financing corporation as provided and
  authorized by Subchapter E, Chapter 22, Transportation Code, to
  provide financing to pay the costs, including interest, and
  reserves for the costs of an airport facility authorized by that
  chapter and for other purposes set forth in the articles of
               (19)  exercise the powers granted to a local government
  for the financing of facilities to be located on airport property,
  including those set out in Chapter 22, Transportation Code,
  consistent with the requirements and the purposes of Section 52-a,
  Article III, Texas Constitution;
               (20)  lease, own, and operate an airport and exercise
  the powers granted to municipalities and counties by Chapter 22,
  Transportation Code;
               (21)  lease, own, and operate port facilities for air,
  trucking, and rail transportation;
               (22)  provide security for port functions, facilities,
  and operations; and
               (23)  cooperate with and participate in programs and
  security efforts of this state and the federal Department of
  Homeland Security.
               (24)  participate as a member or partner of a limited
  liability company or a limited liability partnership or other
  entity created for the purpose of financing projects that are
  designated as redevelopment projects pursuant to Sec. 379B.009.
         SECTION 2.  Section 379(B).010, Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 379B.010.  BONDS.  (a)  An authority may issue bonds, if
  authorized by board resolution, for the purpose of financing or
  refinancing base property, paying operating and maintenance
  expenses, funding capitalized interest on the bonds for the period
  of time determined by the board, making a deposit into a debt
  service reserve fund and other funds related to the bonds, and
  financing other purposes authorized by this chapter.
         (b)  A bond issued under this chapter must:
               (1)  be payable solely from authority revenue and may
  be secured by a mortgage on base property;
               (2)  mature not later than 40 years after its date of
  issuance; and
               (3)  state on its face that it is not an obligation of
  this state or the municipality.
         (c)  An authority issuing bonds under this section may
  exercise the powers granted to the governing body of an issuer with
  regard to the issuance of obligations and the execution of credit
  agreements under Chapter 1371, Government Code.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.