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  H.B. No. 328
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to abolishing the office of inspector of hides and
  animals.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  (a)  The office of inspector of hides and
  animals is abolished.
         (b)  Any records in the custody of an inspector of hides and
  animals are transferred to the county clerk of the county
  previously served by the inspector.
         SECTION 2.  Section 52.092(e), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (e)  County offices shall be listed in the following order:
               (1)  county judge;
               (2)  judge, county court at law;
               (3)  judge, county criminal court;
               (4)  judge, county probate court;
               (5)  county attorney;
               (6)  district clerk;
               (7)  district and county clerk;
               (8)  county clerk;
               (9)  sheriff;
               (10)  sheriff and tax assessor-collector;
               (11)  county tax assessor-collector;
               (12)  county treasurer;
               (13)  county school trustee (county with population of
  3.3 million or more);
               (14)  county surveyor[;
               [(15)  inspector of hides and animals].
         SECTION 3.  Section 172.024(a), Election Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The filing fee for a candidate for nomination in the
  general primary election is as follows:
               (1)  United States senator  $5,000
               (2)  office elected statewide, except United States
  senator  3,750
               (3)  United States representative  3,125
               (4)  state senator  1,250
               (5)  state representative  750
               (6)  member, State Board of Education  300
               (7)  chief justice or justice, court of appeals, other
  than a justice specified by Subdivision (8)  1,875
               (8)  chief justice or justice of a court of appeals
  that serves a court of appeals district in which a county with a
  population of more than 750,000 is wholly or partly
  situated  2,500
               (9)  district judge or judge specified by Section
  52.092(d) for which this schedule does not otherwise prescribe a
  fee  1,500
               (10)  district or criminal district judge of a court in
  a judicial district wholly contained in a county with a population
  of more than 850,000  2,500
               (11)  judge, statutory county court, other than a judge
  specified by Subdivision (12)  1,500
               (12)  judge of a statutory county court in a county with
  a population of more than 850,000  2,500
               (13)  district attorney, criminal district attorney,
  or county attorney performing the duties of a district
  attorney  1,250
               (14)  county commissioner, district clerk, county
  clerk, sheriff, county tax assessor-collector, county treasurer,
  or judge, constitutional county court:
                     (A)  county with a population of 200,000 or
  more  1,250
                     (B)  county with a population of under
  200,000  750
               (15)  justice of the peace or constable:
                     (A)  county with a population of 200,000 or
  more  1,000
                     (B)  county with a population of under
  200,000  375
               (16)  county surveyor [, inspector of hides and
  animals,] or public weigher  75
               (17)  office of the county government for which this
  schedule does not otherwise prescribe a fee  750
         SECTION 4.  Section 87.012, Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 87.012.  OFFICERS SUBJECT TO REMOVAL.  The district
  judge may, under this subchapter, remove from office:
               (1)  a district attorney;
               (2)  a county attorney;
               (3)  a county judge;
               (4)  a county commissioner;
               (5)  a county clerk;
               (6)  a district clerk;
               (7)  a district and county clerk;
               (8)  a county treasurer;
               (9)  a sheriff;
               (10)  a county surveyor;
               (11)  a county tax assessor-collector;
               (12)  a constable;
               (13)  [an inspector of hides and animals;
               [(14)]  a justice of the peace; and
               (14)  [(15)]  a county officer, not otherwise named by
  this section, whose office is created under the constitution or
  other law of this state.
         SECTION 5.  Section 87.041(a), Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The commissioners court of a county may fill a vacancy
  in the office of:
               (1)  county judge;
               (2)  county clerk;
               (3)  district and county clerk;
               (4)  sheriff;
               (5)  county attorney;
               (6)  county treasurer;
               (7)  county surveyor;
               (8)  [inspector of hides and animals;
               [(9)]  county tax assessor-collector;
               (9) [(10)]  justice of the peace; or
               (10) [(11)]  constable.
         SECTION 6.  Sections 148.044, 148.067, and 148.068,
  Agriculture Code, are repealed.
         SECTION 7.  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, 2009.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 328 was passed by the House on April
  8, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 328 was passed by the Senate on May 6,
  2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor