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  H.B. No. 4465
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to "Welcome to Texas" signs on highways entering Texas and
  to the placement of Texas flags at international ports-of-entry.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 201.617, Transportation Code, as added
  by Chapter 474 (H.B. 137), Acts of the 79th Legislature, Regular
  Session, 2005, is repealed.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter O, Chapter 201, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 201.979 to read as follows:
         Sec. 201.979.  "WELCOME TO TEXAS" SIGNS.  (a)  The
  department shall erect a "Welcome to Texas" sign to designate the
  state boundary on an interstate, United States, or state highway
  entering the state.
         (b)  A "Welcome to Texas" sign erected by the department must
  include the following elements:
               (1)  a depiction of the state flag; and
               (2)  the phrase "Drive Friendly - The Texas Way."
         (c)  A "Welcome to Texas" sign may also include the phrase
  "Welcome to Texas - Proud Home of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson,
  George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush."
         (d)  Notwithstanding Subsection (c) above, if the president
  of the United States is a resident of Texas, a "Welcome to Texas" 
  sign erected by the department shall include the phrase "Welcome to
  Texas - Proud Home of President [insert name of the president of the
  United States]."
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter O, Chapter 201, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 201.980 to read as follows:
         Sec. 201.980.  TEXAS FLAGS AT INTERNATIONAL PORTS-OF-ENTRY.  
  (a)  The department shall erect and maintain a Texas flag to
  designate the state boundary at an appropriate location at or near
  each interstate, United States, or state highway originating at an
  official port-of-entry along an international border.
         (b)  A Texas flag flown under this section shall be visible
  from the international port-of-entry and must be equal in size or
  larger than the flag of any foreign nation flown at the
  port-of-entry operating on the other side of the international
  border.
         (c)  The department may contract with any governmental or
  private entity for the care and maintenance of any Texas flag flown
  under this section.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2010.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 4465 was passed by the House on April
  30, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 4465 was passed by the Senate on May
  26, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor