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  H.B. No. 1524
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to sports and community venue projects.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 334, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 334.008 to read as follows:
         Sec. 334.008.  PARKS AND RECREATION SYSTEM AS VENUE PROJECT:
  CERTAIN COUNTIES. (a) A county located on an international border
  that has a population of less than 15,000 and that contains no
  incorporated territory of a municipality may provide for the
  planning, acquisition, establishment, development, construction,
  or renovation of a county parks and recreation system as a venue
  project under this chapter.
         (b)  The venue project authorized by Subsection (a)
  includes:
               (1)  improvements or additions to the county parks and
  recreation system; and
               (2)  an area or facility that is part of the county
  parks and recreation system.
         (c)  To the extent that a provision of this chapter,
  including Sections 334.024(f), 334.1015, and 334.2515, applies to a
  venue project that is a municipal parks and recreation system or
  facility, those provisions apply to a venue project authorized by
  this section, and references to a municipality are considered
  references to a county to which this section applies.
         (d)  A county that authorizes a venue project described by
  this section maintains the authority granted under this section
  even if at a later time a part of the county becomes incorporated in
  a municipality.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter B, Chapter 334, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 334.0242 to read as follows:
         Sec. 334.0242.  ELECTION ON USE OF TAXES TO IMPROVE OR
  MAINTAIN VENUE PROJECT. (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (e),
  if one or more methods of financing have been approved at an
  election held under Section 334.024, the governing body of the
  municipality or county imposing the method may order an election on
  the question of approving the use of revenue derived from one or
  more approved methods to finance a related venue project.
         (b)  The ballot at the election held under this section must
  be printed to permit voting for or against the proposition:
         "Authorizing __________ (insert name of municipality or
  county) to use an amount not to exceed __________ (insert
  percentage of tax revenue or dollar amount of revenue to be used for
  each type of tax) of the revenue derived from the __________ (insert
  each type of tax) tax, to finance the __________ (describe the
  related venue project and its relation to the previously approved
  venue project)."
         (c)  If a majority of the votes cast at an election held under
  this section approve the proposition, the municipality or county
  may use the revenue to finance the related venue project described
  in the proposition.
         (d)  At an election held under this section, the municipality
  or county may not change the rate of the tax or the method of
  financing previously authorized under Section 334.024.
         (e)  This section does not authorize the municipality or
  county to use revenue from a hotel occupancy tax under Subchapter H.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2007.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1524 was passed by the House on May 8,
  2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 132, Nays 11, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1524 was passed by the Senate on May
  23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor