H.B. No. 1579
  relating to a county's removal of flood water resulting from a
  natural disaster in certain communities.
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 561, Local Government Code, is amended
  by adding Section 561.010 to read as follows:
         Sec. 561.010.  PROVISION OF FLOOD RELIEF TO COLONIAS. (a) In
  this section, "colonia" means a geographic area that consists of 11
  or more dwellings located in close proximity to each other in an
  area that may be described as a community or neighborhood and that:
               (1)  has a majority population composed of individuals
  and families of low income, as defined by Section 2306.004,
  Government Code, and based on the federal Office of Management and
  Budget poverty index, and meets the qualifications of an
  economically distressed area under Section 17.921, Water Code; or
               (2)  has the physical and economic characteristics of a
  colonia, as determined by the Texas Department of Housing and
  Community Affairs.
         (b)  A county may provide assistance for the removal from
  private property, including a road, of flood water resulting from a
  natural disaster in a colonia if the removal of the water is
  necessary to protect the health and safety of the colonia.
         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, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1579 was passed by the House on April
  24, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 140, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1579 was passed by the Senate on May
  20, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________