S.B. No. 1402
  relating to requiring certain political subdivisions to enter a
  contract with the county elections administrator to perform
  election services.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 31, Election Code, is
  amended by adding Section 31.0925 to read as follows:
         Sec. 31.0925.  REQUEST FOR SERVICES REQUIRED. (a)  This
  section applies only to a political subdivision:
               (1)  that is located entirely in a county:
                     (A)  with a population of more than 500,000 that
  is served by a county elections administrator; and
                     (B)  that does not contain a municipality with a
  population of more than 150,000; and
               (2)  that is not an irrigation district created under
  the authority of Section 52(b)(1) or (2), Article III, or Section
  59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.
         (b)  The governing body of a political subdivision shall
  request an election services contract with the county elections
  administrator to perform all duties and functions of the political
  subdivision in relation to an election that may be transferred
  under this subchapter if the political subdivision receives a
  petition requesting the contract signed by a number of registered
  voters residing in the political subdivision that is equal to or
  exceeds one percent of all votes cast in the most recent general
  election held by the political subdivision.
         (c)  A petition under this section must be submitted to the
  clerk of the political subdivision before January 1 of the year in
  which the election to be administered under the requested election
  services contract will be held.
         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 hereby certify that S.B. No. 1402 passed the Senate on
  April 22, 2009, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 29, 2009, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1402 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 26, 2009, by the following vote: Yeas 143,
  Nays 1, one present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House