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Chapter 262. Purchasing and Contracting Authorities of Counties.
Sec. 262.0276. Contract with Person Indebted to County.

Chapter 375. Municipal Management Districts in General.
Subchapter O. Defense Adjustment Management Authority.

Sec. 375.301. Legislative Findings; Purposes.
Sec. 375.302. Construction of Subchapter.
Sec. 375.303. Definitions.
Sec. 375.304. Eligibility for Creation by Municipality.
Sec. 375.305. Hearing on Creation of Authority.
Sec. 375.306. Board of Directors.
Sec. 375.307. Qualifications of Directors.
Sec. 375.308. Powers of the Authority; Municipality.
Sec. 375.309. Municipal Annexation of Area in an Authority.
Sec. 375.310. Authority Master Plan.
Sec. 375.311. Sales and Use Tax.
Sec. 375.312. Zoning and Planning.
Sec. 375.313. Regional Development Agreements.
Sec. 375.314. Dissolution of the Authority.

Sec. 262.0276. Contract With Person Indebted to County.

(a) By an order adopted and entered in the minutes of the commissioners court and after notice is published in a newspaper of general circulation in the county, the commissioners court may adopt rules permitting the county to refuse to enter into a contract or other transaction with a person indebted to the county.

(b) It is not a violation of this subchapter for a county, under rules adopted under Subsection (a), to refuse to award a contract to or enter into a transaction with an apparent low bidder or successful proposer that is indebted to the county.

(c) In this section, "person" includes an individual, sole proprietorship, corporation, nonprofit corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, and any other entity that proposes or otherwise seeks to enter into a contract or other transaction with the county requiring approval by the commissioners court.

Added by SB 850, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective September 1, 2003.

Chapter 375. Municipal Management Districts in General.
Subchapter O. Defense Adjustment Management Authority.

Sec. 375.301. Legislative Findings; Purposes.

(a) The legislature finds that:

(1) the closure of certain defense bases has had a negative impact on the economic development of the areas within the former defense bases and the areas in the general vicinity of the former defense bases and that the creation of the specific type of authority provided for in this subchapter is essential to accomplish the purposes of Sections 52 and 52-a, Article III, and Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution;

(2) it is an appropriate role for a municipality to foster economic opportunity, job generation, and capital investment by promoting a favorable business climate, preparing the workforce for productive employment, and supporting infrastructure development in areas around defense bases that are intended to be annexed by the municipality; and

(3) the programs designed to create a competent and qualified workforce are essential both to the economic growth and vitality of many municipalities in this state and to the elimination of unemployment and underemployment in those municipalities.

(b) The programs authorized by this subchapter are in the public interest, promote the economic welfare of this state, and serve the public purpose of developing and diversifying the economy of this state and of eliminating unemployment and underemployment in this state.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.302. Construction of Subchapter.

(a) This subchapter shall be liberally construed in conformity with the findings and purposes stated in Section 375.301.

(b) Except as provided by this subchapter, the other provisions of this chapter apply to an authority created under this subchapter.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.303. Definitions.

In this subchapter:

(1) "Authority" means a defense adjustment management authority created under this subchapter.

(2) "Eligible project" means a program authorized by Section 379A.051 and a project as defined by Sections 2(11) and 4B(a)(2), Development Corporation Act of 1979 (Article 5190.6, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes). Notwithstanding this definition, seeking a charter for or operating an open-enrollment charter school authorized by Subchapter D, Chapter 12, Education Code, shall not be an eligible project.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.304. Eligibility for Creation by Municipality.

(a) The governing body of a municipality by resolution or ordinance may create an authority in an area that is:

(1) in the same county as a military installation or facility that is:

(A) closed or realigned under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 (10 U.S.C. Section 2687 note) and its subsequent amendments; or

(B) a base efficiency project as defined by Section 378.001, as added by Chapter 1221, Acts of the 76th Legislature, Regular Session, 1999; and

(2) in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality with a population of at least 1.1 million and that has been annexed for limited purposes by the municipality under Subchapter F, Chapter 43.

(b) Subchapter B and Sections 375.041 and 375.042 do not apply to this subchapter.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.305. Hearing on Creation of Authority.

(a) Not earlier than the 60th day or later than the 30th day before the date the governing body of the municipality creates the authority, the governing body of the municipality shall hold two public hearings to consider the creation of the proposed authority. The municipality must publish notice of each public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation in the area of the proposed authority at least seven days before each public hearing.

(b) The notice required by Subsection (a) must state:

(1) the date, time, and place for the public hearing;

(2) the boundaries of the proposed authority, including a map of the proposed authority; and

(3) the powers of the proposed authority, including the power to levy assessments and to impose a sales and use tax.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.306. Board of Directors.

(a) The board consists of 15 directors.

(b) The municipality shall appoint six members of the board.

(c) The county in which the municipality is primarily located shall appoint six members of the board.

(d) School districts whose boundaries overlap with an authority shall collectively appoint three members of the board.

(e) Directors are appointed for terms of two years. Terms of directors may be staggered, and directors may serve successive terms.

(f) A vacancy on the board is filled for the unexpired term by the governing body of the entity that appointed the director who served in the vacant position.

(g) The mayor of the municipality and the county judge of the county in which the authority is primarily located shall, alternately, appoint one director to serve as presiding officer, with the first appointment to be made by the mayor of the municipality. The presiding officers shall serve for a term of four years beginning on January 1 of the year following the appointment. The board may elect an assistant presiding officer to preside in the absence of the presiding officer or when there is a vacancy in that office. The board may elect other officers as it considers appropriate.

(h) Sections 375.061, 375.066, and 375.068 and the limitations of Section 375.072(c) do not apply to this subchapter.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.307. Qualifications of Directors.

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a majority of the directors of an authority must meet the qualifications of Section 375.063.

(b) Representatives or agents of a school district whose boundaries overlap with an authority or of an institution of higher education that operates facilities within an authority may serve on the board.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.308. Powers of the Authority; Municipality.

(a) An authority:

(1) may plan, design, implement, develop, construct, and finance eligible projects as defined in this subchapter; and

(2) has the powers of a municipality under Chapter 378, as added by Chapter 1221, Acts of the 76th Legislature, Regular Session, 1999, and Chapter 380.

(b) An authority may not:

(1) issue bonds or notes without the prior approval of the governing body of the municipality that created the authority;

(2) seek a charter for or operate, within the boundaries of the authority, an open-enrollment charter school authorized by Subchapter D, Chapter 12, Education Code; or

(3) levy ad valorem property taxes.

(c) A municipality may not seek a charter for or operate an open-enrollment charter school authorized by Subchapter D, Chapter 12, Education Code, within the boundaries of the authority.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.309. Municipal Annexation of Area in an Authority.

(a) A municipality that creates an authority under this subchapter may annex all or part of the territory located in the authority under Chapter 43.

(b) Annexation of territory located in the authority does not affect the operation of the authority.

(c) Creation of an authority does not:

(1) affect the power of the municipality to designate all or part of an area in the authority as an industrial authority;

(2) limit a power of the municipality conferred by Chapter 42; or

(3) impose a duty on or affect the power of the municipality to provide municipal services to any area in the municipality or its extraterritorial jurisdiction that is in the authority.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.310. Authority Master Plan.

(a) An authority may only develop or construct public improvements or eligible projects in areas designated in an authority master plan approved by the board and the governing body of the municipality that created the authority.

(b) The authority master plan must include the information required for a municipal reinvestment zone under Sections 311.011(b) and (c), Tax Code, for the area of the authority. For the purposes of applying those sections, the area of the authority affected constitutes a zone.

(c) The authority shall generate the authority master plan based on the economic development needs of the property owners and constituents in the authority.

(d) After approval by the board, the authority shall submit the authority master plan to the municipality for approval. Before taking action to approve or reject the authority master plan, the municipality shall make a copy of the proposed authority master plan available to the public and hold hearings and publish notice of the hearings in the manner required by Section 375.305. The notice of the public hearings must state where a copy of the proposed authority master plan is available for inspection.

(e) The board may amend and submit the approved authority master plan to the governing body of the municipality for approval.

(f) Before approving the authority's master plan or any amendment, the municipality shall publish notice and hold hearings as required by Subsection (d).

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.311. Sales and Use Tax.

(a) An authority may impose a sales and use tax to support or finance public infrastructure projects and eligible projects authorized under this subchapter if the tax is authorized by a majority of the qualified voters of the authority voting at an election held for that purpose in the manner provided by Sections 375.241 and 375.242.

(b) If an authority adopts the tax authorized by Subsection (a), a tax is imposed on the receipts from the sale at retail of taxable items within the authority at the rate approved by the voters. The rate must be equal to one-eighth, one-fourth, three-eighths, or one-half of one percent.

(c) Chapter 321, Tax Code, governs the imposition, computation, administration, governance, and abolition of a tax imposed under this section.

(d) If any territory in the authority is annexed by the municipality, the municipality's sales and use tax applies in the annexed area. If the authority's sales and use tax rate, when combined with any other sales and use tax applicable in the authority, exceeds two percent, the authority's sales and use tax is abolished upon annexation.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.312. Zoning and Planning.

(a) An authority created under this subchapter has the power of a municipality under Chapters 211 and 212 in an area of the authority that is in the boundaries of the municipality's limited purpose jurisdiction. On annexation of an area of the authority by a municipality, the authority's power to regulate the area under Chapter 211 or 212 expires.

(b) The board may divide the authority into distinct areas as provided by Section 211.005 to accomplish the purposes of this chapter and Chapter 211.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.313. Regional Development Agreements.

(a) An authority may enter into regional development agreements with its creating municipality, other municipalities, counties, school districts, institutions of higher education, other political subdivisions, and private interests to:

(1) promote and advance long-term economic development in the authority; or

(2) achieve the purposes for the authority's creation and to implement the powers provided to the authority under this chapter.

(b) An authority, a municipality, a school district whose boundary overlaps with a portion of an authority, or an institution of higher education may enter into an agreement to:

(1) fund improvements to school facilities and teacher compensation of school districts or institutions of higher education in the authority; and

(2) develop programs provided for in Section 379A.051.

(c) Any agreement entered into with a school district under this section shall be designed in such a way that the school district funding under Title 2, Education Code, shall be not less than the school district would have received had the school district not entered into the agreement. This provision may be waived by a school district board of trustees by specific action suspending the provisions of this subsection.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.

Sec. 375.314. Dissolution of the Authority.

(a) The governing body of the municipality that created an authority under this subchapter may dissolve the authority.

(b) Before dissolution, the municipality shall publish notice and hold public hearings on the proposed dissolution in the manner provided in Section 375.305.

(c) On dissolution, the municipality shall assume the assets, debts, and other obligations of the authority.

(d) Subchapter M does not apply to this subchapter.

Added by SB 1565, 78th Tex. Leg., 2003, effective June 20, 2003.