S.B. No. 1883
relating to the lands managed and controlled by the board of regents
of The Texas A&M University System.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 85.25, Education Code, is amended to
read as follows:
Sec. 85.25. LANDS AND MINERAL INTERESTS. (a) The board is
vested with the sole and exclusive management and control of lands
and mineral interests under its jurisdiction and that may be
acquired by it.
(b) The board may grant, sell, lease, or otherwise dispose
of the lands and mineral interests under its jurisdiction that do
not comprise any portion of the original main campus of Texas A&M
University to other units or agencies of government, or to any
individual, group of individuals, corporation, or other entity
under terms and conditions it deems best in the public interest.
(c)(1) Except as authorized by existing law, any grant,
sale, or lease of the surface estate of the original main campus
property must be approved by Act of the legislature.
(2) The board is hereby authorized to grant [
Former Students Association of Texas A&M University a lease of
surface area not to exceed five acres on the original main campus
for use by said association to construct and occupy a building for
use consistent with the association's stated purposes.
(3) The board is further authorized to grant to the
Texas A&M [ University Development] Foundation a lease of surface
area not to exceed five acres on the original main campus for use by
the foundation to construct and occupy a building for use
consistent with the foundation's stated purposes.
(4) The board is authorized to enter into an
agreement, including a ground lease, for construction of an office,
laboratory, and classroom building to be funded by a donor, on a
site not to exceed five acres on the original main campus. The
agreement shall provide that title to the building shall be
transferred to the board upon completion.
(d) For the purposes of this section, the original main
campus of Texas A&M University comprises that certain 748 acres,
more or less, bounded by Texas Avenue, George Bush Drive, Wellborn
Road, and University Drive in College Station, Texas.
(e) Proceeds received from the grant, sale, lease, or other
disposition of surface interests covered by this section may be
retained in local funds subject to disposition by the board for any
(f) This section is cumulative of existing statutes
relating to the authority of the board to lease for oil, gas,
sulphur, mineral ore, and other mineral developments, and otherwise
to buy, sell, and lease certain lands under its jurisdiction and
(g) This section does not cover any lands or minerals held
by the general land office.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1883 passed the Senate on
May 12, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1883 passed the House on
May 25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 144, Nays 0, two
present not voting.
Chief Clerk of the House