MEMBERSHIP OF SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The Legislature shall have the power to pass such laws as may be necessary to enable the State to enter into agreements with the Federal Government to obtain for proprietary employees of its political subdivisions coverage under the old-age and survivors insurance provisions of Title II of the Federal Social Security Act as amended. 28. The bonds shall be called "Texas Water Development Bonds," shall be executed in such form, denominations and upon such terms as may be prescribed by law, and may be issued in such installments as the Board finds feasible and practical in accomplishing the purpose set forth herein. (c) With the exception of the initial appointees, commission members serve for four-year terms. The Texas Legislature is a bicameral (two branches or chambers) system with the Texas Senate being the upper house, and the Texas House of Representatives the lower house. (a) To provide funding for highway improvement projects, the legislature by general law may authorize the Texas Transportation Commission or its successor to issue general obligation bonds of the State of Texas in an aggregate amount not to exceed $5 billion and enter into related credit agreements. (b) The Texas Forest Service or the successor agency may, based on need, redistribute to rural volunteer fire departments the equipment, supplies, or materials donated under Subsection (a). 49-e. TEXAS PARK DEVELOPMENT FUND; BONDS. (b) Section 49-d-8 of this article applies to the bonds authorized by this section. The legislature shall provide for the terms and conditions of scholarships, grants, loans, and other financial assistance to be provided under this section. ADDITIONAL BONDS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED AREAS. The comptroller shall retain the remaining 25 percent of the difference as general revenue. (g) Proceedings authorizing obligations and related credit agreements to be issued and executed under the authority of this section shall be submitted to the attorney general for approval as to their legality. While any of the bonds or interest on the bonds is outstanding and unpaid, there is appropriated out of the first money coming into the treasury in each fiscal year, not otherwise appropriated by this constitution, the amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the bonds that mature or become due during the fiscal year, less any amounts in the interest and sinking accounts at the close of the preceding fiscal year that are pledged to payment of the bonds or interest. Scheduled maintenance: Saturday, October 10 from 4–5 PM PT. 7. (4) any other professional sports team defined by law. (2) the commission implements the authority granted by the legislature pursuant to Subsection (f) of this section. The Legislature shall have the power to make appropriations and authorize all obligations necessary to the establishment of such Social Security coverage program. Term of office is 2 year term with no term limit. (g) In addition to the dedication of specified sources or amounts of revenue, taxes, or money as provided by Subsection (e) of this section, the legislature may by law authorize the commission to guarantee the payment of any obligations and credit agreements issued and executed by the commission under the authority of this section by pledging the full faith and credit of the state to that payment if dedicated revenue is insufficient for that purpose. (c) Section 49-d-8(e) of this article applies to the additional general obligation bonds authorized by this section. COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL BONDS OR NOTES TO ACQUIRE LAND ADJACENT TO MILITARY INSTALLATIONS. 52j. (b) In addition to those laws described by Subsection (a) of this section in all other cases where a general law can be made applicable, no local or special law shall be enacted; provided, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit the Legislature from passing: (1) special laws for the preservation of the game and fish of this State in certain localities; and. (TEMPORARY TRANSITION PROVISIONS for Sec. The first order of business in the Senate is to adopt the rules governing procedure. Sec. 50b-3: See Appendix, Note 1.). Income from the investment shall be used for purposes prescribed by the legislature. Sec. (TEMPORARY TRANSITION PROVISIONS for Sec. VETERANS' LAND BOARD; BOND ISSUES; VETERANS' LAND AND HOUSING FUNDS. Statutes, written and passed by the Legislature, include such things as the law which makes it illegal to drive while intoxicated and the law which Governor, aside from casting a ballot every 4 years like the rest of us. At this point, the Senate can choose to approve the amendments (this is called "concurrence"), or request a Conference Committee. DONATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ANIMAL. Congress sets the annual budget and decides what amount of money will be spent in each department, such as military funding or educational funding. 49-d-14. Sec. Senators shall take office following their election, on the day set by law for the convening of the Regular Session of the Legislature, and shall serve thereafter for the full term of years to which elected. (4) as authorized by Subsections (b) through (f) of this section. The Legislative Branch of the Student Government is responsible for communicating the views and needs of the student body to the administration, faculty, and staff. 53. (a) To fund financial assistance to counties for roadways to serve border colonias, the legislature by general law may authorize the governor to authorize the Texas Public Finance Authority or its successor to issue general obligation bonds or notes of the State of Texas in an aggregate amount not to exceed $175 million and to enter into related credit agreements. Sec. Once committees are assigned, the Lt. Sec. 50b-5. Supplemental statements shall be submitted at any Special Session of the Legislature and at such other times as may be necessary to show probable changes. SOCIAL SECURITY COVERAGE OF PROPRIETARY EMPLOYEES OF POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS. 48-e: See Appendix, Note 1.). (Text of section as proposed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., H.J.R. Provided, however, that no provision contained herein shall be construed to amend, modify, repeal or nullify Article 16, Section 31, of the Constitution of the State of Texas. (a) The Texas Water Development Board may use the proceeds of Texas water development bonds issued for the purposes provided by Section 49-c of this article for the additional purpose of providing financial assistance, on terms and conditions provided by law, to various political subdivisions and bodies politic and corporate of the state and to nonprofit water supply corporations to provide for acquisition, improvement, extension, or construction of water supply projects that involve the distribution of water to points of delivery to wholesale or retail customers. (a) The legislature by law may create one or more special funds in the state treasury for use for or in aid of water conservation, water development, water quality enhancement, flood control, drainage, subsidence control, recharge, chloride control, agricultural soil and water conservation, desalinization or any combination of those purposes, may make money in a special fund available to cities, counties, special governmental districts and authorities, and other political subdivisions of the state for use for the purposes for which the fund was created by grants, loans, or any other means, and may appropriate money to any of the special funds to carry out the purposes of this section. After all bonds have been fully paid with interest, or after there are on deposit in the interest and sinking fund sufficient moneys to pay all future maturities of principal and interest, additional moneys received from admission charges to State Parks shall be deposited to the State Parks Fund, or any successor fund which may be established by the Legislature as a depository for Park revenue earned by said Parks and Wildlife Department, or its said successor. A vacancy on the commission shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term in the same manner as the original appointment. Sec. 4: See Appendix, Note 1.). Read more. 49-h. By the end of this section you’ll be able to. The Texas Constitution grants two types of immunities to Texas steate legislators. (f) In addition to the dedication of specified sources or amounts of revenue, taxes, or money as provided by Subsection (d) of this section, the legislature may by law authorize the commission to guarantee the payment of any obligations and credit agreements issued and executed by the commission under the authority of this section by pledging the full faith and credit of the state to that payment if dedicated revenue is insufficient for that purpose. For more information, please call the Library at 512 463-1252. Sec. Texas Legislative Council. (r) Receipts of all kinds of the Veterans' Land Fund, the Veterans' Housing Assistance Fund, or the Veterans' Housing Assistance Fund II that the Board determines are not required for the payment of principal of and interest on the general obligation bonds benefiting those funds, including payments by the Board under a bond enhancement agreement with respect to principal of or interest on the bonds, may be used by the Board, to the extent not inconsistent with the proceedings authorizing the bonds to: (1) make temporary transfers to another of those funds to avoid a temporary cash deficiency in that fund or make a transfer to another of those funds for the purposes of that fund; (2) pay the principal of and interest on general obligation bonds issued to provide money for another of those funds or make bond enhancement payments with respect to the bonds; or. 57. 49-d-10. (b) The Texas Transportation Commission may, in its discretion and in consultation with the office of the governor, determine what constitutes a border colonia for purposes of selecting the counties and projects that may receive assistance under this section. (b) Proceeds from the sale of the bonds shall be deposited in a separate fund or account within the state treasury created by the comptroller of public accounts for this purpose. FARM AND RANCH LOAN SECURITY FUND. (TEMPORARY TRANSITION PROVISION for Sec. TIME FOR APPORTIONMENT; APPORTIONMENT BY LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING BOARD. The Senate is comprised of 100 Senators, two from each state, who are elected to six-year terms. The Texas Legislative Manual is a special information publication primarily designed as a reference tool for legislators and legislative staff. (e) added Nov. 2, 1993; Subsecs. (a) The legislature, by law, may authorize the Texas Transportation Commission or its successor to authorize the Texas Department of Transportation or its successor to issue notes or borrow money from any source to carry out the functions of the department. The legislature by general law may provide for costs of investment of the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to be paid from that fund. The proceeds of the obligations must be deposited in the fund and used for one or more specific purposes authorized by law, including: (d) The legislature by law may dedicate to the fund one or more specific sources or portions, or a specific amount, of the revenue, including taxes, and other money of the state that are not otherwise dedicated by this constitution. Sec. The legislative branch includes the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, which together make up the Legislature. Congress sets the annual budget and decides what amount of money will be spent in each department, such as military funding or educational funding. (a) amended and (d) added Nov. 7, 1989; Subsec. EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRICTS. Each House may determine the rules of its own proceedings, punish members for disorderly conduct, and, with the consent of two-thirds, expel a member, but not a second time for the same offense. (f) The House of Representatives and the Senate, by concurrent resolution approved by the majority of the members present, must concur in the Governor's proclamation. Texas Legislative Manual 85th Legislature Prepared by the Staff of the Texas Legislative Council Published by the Texas Legislative Council P.O. 50b-1: See Appendix, Note 1. (Added Nov. 5, 1968; amended Nov. 4, 1997, and Nov. 2, 1999. Elections for Senators and Representatives shall be general throughout the State, and shall be regulated by law. (e) deleted Nov. 2, 1999.) The function of the Legislature is to make laws, which are called statutes. (b) In each fiscal year in which amounts become due under the bonds, other public securities, or agreements authorized by this section, there is appropriated from the revenue deposited to the credit of the state highway fund in that fiscal year an amount that is sufficient to pay: (1) the principal of and interest on the bonds or other public securities that mature or become due during the fiscal year; and. Governor does the same in the Senate. This is because of the fact that there are so many different layers of courts, with separate (or sometimes shared) responsibilities. (a)-(f) added Nov. 5, 1985; Subsec. Money in the separate fund or account may be used only to pay for: (1) maintenance, improvement, repair, or construction projects authorized by the legislature by general law or the General Appropriations Act and administered by or on behalf of the Texas Building and Procurement Commission, the Parks and Wildlife Department, the adjutant general's department, the Department of State Health Services, the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Texas Youth Commission, the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the Texas School for the Deaf, or the Department of Public Safety of the State of Texas; or. (TEMPORARY TRANSITION PROVISIONS for Sec. The Texas A&M University - Kingsville student senate is currently in its 93rd legislative session. The Legislature may grant aid and compensation to any person who has heretofore paid a fine or served a sentence in prison, or who may hereafter pay a fine or serve a sentence in prison, under the laws of this State for an offense for which he or she is not guilty, under such regulations and limitations as the Legislature may deem expedient. Money and assets in the Texas Water Development Fund attributable to such refunding bonds shall be transferred to the appropriate account of the Texas Water Development Fund II, as determined by the Texas Water Development Board, to the extent not inconsistent with the proceedings authorizing any outstanding bonds issued to augment the Texas Water Development Fund and the terms of any long-term contracts entered into by the Texas Water Development Board with the United States or any of its agencies. The members of the House of Representatives shall be apportioned among the several counties, according to the number of population in each, as nearly as may be, on a ratio obtained by dividing the population of the State, as ascertained by the most recent United States census, by the number of members of which the House is composed; provided, that whenever a single county has sufficient population to be entitled to a Representative, such county shall be formed into a separate Representative District, and when two or more counties are required to make up the ratio of representation, such counties shall be contiguous to each other; and when any one county has more than sufficient population to be entitled to one or more Representatives, such Representative or Representatives shall be apportioned to such county, and for any surplus of population it may be joined in a Representative District with any other contiguous county or counties. The bonds shall bear a rate or rates of interest the Board determines. All joint committees in Texa… 56: See Appendix, Note 3.). (g) Unless authorized to continue by a two-thirds vote of the members elected to each house, this section and the bond insurance program authorized by this section expire on the sixth anniversary of the date on which this section becomes a part of the constitution. (i) The comptroller shall credit to general revenue interest due to the economic stabilization fund that would result in an amount in the economic stabilization fund that exceeds the limit in effect under Subsection (g) of this section. (TEMPORARY TRANSITION PROVISIONS for Sec. (a) The legislature by law may provide for the issuance of general obligation bonds of the state for the purpose of providing money to establish a Texas agricultural fund in the state treasury to be used without further appropriation in the manner provided by law and for the purpose of providing money to establish a rural microenterprise development fund in the state treasury to be used without further appropriation in the manner provided by law. MEMBERSHIP OF SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. (Text of section as proposed by Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., S.J.R. (c) Not later than the 90th day of each fiscal year, the comptroller of public accounts shall transfer from the general revenue fund to the economic stabilization fund and the state highway fund the sum of the amounts described by Subsections (d) and (e) of this section, to be allocated as provided by Subsections (c-1) and (c-2) of this section. 64. (k) The principal of and interest on the general obligation bonds for the benefit of the Veterans' Land Fund, including payments by the Board under a bond enhancement agreement with respect to principal of or interest on the bonds, shall be paid out of the money of the Veterans' Land Fund, but the money in the fund that is not immediately committed to the payment of principal and interest on the bonds, the purchase of lands, or the payment of expenses may be invested as authorized by law until the money is needed for those purposes. If the voters approve the salary, the approved salary takes effect January 1 of the next odd-numbered year. (a) and (c) amended, Subsec. It is a powerful arm of the Texas government not only because of its power of the purse to control and direct the activities of state government and the strong constitutional connections between it and the Lieutenant Governor, but also due to Texas's plural executive. The Texas Water Development Board is hereby authorized, at its determination, to issue general obligation bonds for one or more accounts of the Texas Water Development Fund II in an aggregate principal amount equal to the amount of bonds previously authorized pursuant to former Section 49-d-6 and Sections 49-d-2 and 49-d-7 of this article less the amount of bonds issued pursuant to those sections to augment the Texas Water Development Fund and the amount of bonds issued to augment the Texas Water Development Fund II. (Added Nov. 8, 1966; amended Aug. 5, 1969, and Nov. 6, 1984.). Sec. GRANTS OF PUBLIC MONEY PROHIBITED. (a) The legislature by general law may authorize the Texas Public Finance Authority to provide for, issue, and sell general obligation bonds of the State of Texas in an amount not to exceed $850 million and to enter into related credit agreements. The big difference between the House and Senate is the calendar process. Sec. The comptroller shall return the amount transferred to the economic stabilization fund as soon as practicable, but not later than August 31 of each odd-numbered year. As no bills can become law without passing through these committees, the members in charge of them practically control the agenda in the Capitol. (7) interest and other income received from investment of money in such account. The compensation for said citizen members shall be as is now or may hereafter be fixed by the Legislature; and each shall make bond in such amount as is now or may hereafter be prescribed by the Legislature. (Amended Nov. 6, 2001.) (Amended Nov. 2, 1999.) (a) In this section: (1) "Commission" means the Texas Transportation Commission or its successor. DONATIONS BY MUNICIPALITIES OF SURPLUS FIRE FIGHTING EQUIPMENT FOR RURAL FIRE PROTECTION. 40. Sec. (d) Said Veterans' Land Fund, to the extent of the moneys attributable to any bonds hereafter issued and sold by said Board may be used by said Board, as is now or may hereafter be provided by law, for the purpose of paying the expenses of surveying, monumenting, road construction, legal fees, recordation fees, advertising and other like costs necessary or incidental to the purchase and sale, or resale, of any lands purchased with any of the moneys attributable to such additional bonds, such expenses to be added to the price of such lands when sold, or resold, by said Board; for the purpose of paying the expenses of issuing, selling, and delivering any such additional bonds; and for the purpose of meeting the expenses of paying the interest or principal due or to become due on any such additional bonds. (a) The legislature by general law may authorize the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or its successor or successors to issue and sell general obligation bonds of the State of Texas in an amount not to exceed $400 million to finance educational loans to students. (Amended Nov. 2, 1948, and Nov. 6, 2001.) Sec. Bills may originate in either House, and, when passed by such House, may be amended, altered or rejected by the other. SUBJECTS AND TITLES OF BILLS. Three Branches of Texas Government Legislative Branch Executive Branch Plural Executive Bicameral Court of Criminal Appeals Supreme Court 6 Statewide -elected offices: Texas Senate Texas House of Representatives No formal executive cabinet 2000 - to current Leader - Speaker Tom 52g: See Appendix, Note 1.). (e) Bonds and notes authorized under this section are a general obligation of the state. The Senators shall be chosen by the qualified voters for the term of four years; but a new Senate shall be chosen after every apportionment, and the Senators elected after each apportionment shall be divided by lot into two classes. Sec. REFERENCE TO COMMITTEE AND REPORT. (d) The Legislature by general law may permit charitable raffles conducted by a qualified religious society, qualified volunteer fire department, qualified volunteer emergency medical service, or qualified nonprofit organizations under the terms and conditions imposed by general law. 49-d-14. The legislative branch is the only branch that has control over the federal annual budget. 30. (a) and (b) amended and (c) added Nov. 3, 1970; Subsec. TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION; LEGISLATIVE SALARIES AND PER DIEM. But it is not until the 60-day mark that either chamber is allowed to pass any legislation. (c) The provisions of this section shall apply only to Harris County and road districts therein. 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