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  81R99 DRH-D
 
  By: Wentworth S.B. No. 690
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the requirements for a petition proposing an amendment
  to the charter of a home-rule municipality.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 9.004(a), Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The governing body of a municipality on its own motion
  may submit a proposed charter amendment to the municipality's
  qualified voters for their approval at an election. The governing
  body shall submit a proposed charter amendment to the voters for
  their approval at an election if the submission is supported by a
  petition signed by a number of registered [qualified] voters of the
  municipality equal to at least 10 [five] percent of the number of
  registered [qualified] voters of the municipality [or 20,000,
  whichever number is the smaller].  The petition requirements of
  this subsection do not affect a petition submitted under Chapter
  143 or 174.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a petition proposing a charter amendment that is filed with a
  municipality on or after September 1, 2009.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.