S.B. No. 914
  relating to the applicability to certain regional water districts
  of provisions concerning bond approval by the Texas Commission on
  Environmental Quality.
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (h), Section 49.181, Water Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (h)  This section does not apply to a district if:
               (1)  the district's boundaries include one entire
               (2)  the district was created by a special Act of the
  legislature and:
                     (A)  the district is located entirely within one
                     (B)  is entirely within one or more home-rule
                     (C)  the total taxable value of the real property
  and improvements to the real property zoned by one or more home-rule
  municipalities for residential purposes and located within the
  district does not exceed 25 percent of the total taxable value of
  all taxable property in the district, as shown by the most recent
  certified appraisal tax roll prepared by the appraisal district for
  the county; and
                     (D)  the district was not required by law to
  obtain commission approval of its bonds before the effective date
  of this section;
               (3)  the district is a special water authority;
               (4)  the district is governed by a board of directors
  appointed in whole or in part by the governor, a state agency, or
  the governing body or chief elected official of a municipality or
  county and does not provide, or propose to provide, water, sewer,
  drainage, reclamation, or flood control services to residential
  retail or commercial customers as its principal function; [or]
               (5)  the district on September 1, 2003:
                     (A)  is a municipal utility district that includes
  territory in only two counties;
                     (B)  has outstanding long-term indebtedness that
  is rated BBB or better by a nationally recognized rating agency for
  municipal securities; and
                     (C)  has at least 5,000 active water connections;
               (6)  the district:
                     (A)  is a conservation and reclamation district
  created under Section 59, Article XVI, Texas Constitution, that
  includes territory in at least three counties; and
                     (B)  has the rights, powers, privileges, and
  functions applicable to a river authority under Chapter 30.
         SECTION 2.  The change in law made by this Act does not apply
  to bonds with regard to which an application and report were
  submitted to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission or
  the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under Subsection (b),
  Section 49.181, Water Code, before the effective date of this Act.
  Those bonds are governed by the law as it existed immediately before
  the effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect
  for that purpose.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 914 passed the Senate on
  April 7, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 914 passed the House on
  April 26, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House