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  H.B. No. 278
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the liability of a municipality for certain space
  flight activities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 101.0215(a), Civil Practice and Remedies
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A municipality is liable under this chapter for damages
  arising from its governmental functions, which are those functions
  that are enjoined on a municipality by law and are given it by the
  state as part of the state's sovereignty, to be exercised by the
  municipality in the interest of the general public, including but
  not limited to:
               (1)  police and fire protection and control;
               (2)  health and sanitation services;
               (3)  street construction and design;
               (4)  bridge construction and maintenance and street
  maintenance;
               (5)  cemeteries and cemetery care;
               (6)  garbage and solid waste removal, collection, and
  disposal;
               (7)  establishment and maintenance of jails;
               (8)  hospitals;
               (9)  sanitary and storm sewers;
               (10)  airports, including when used for space flight
  activities as defined by Section 100A.001;
               (11)  waterworks;
               (12)  repair garages;
               (13)  parks and zoos;
               (14)  museums;
               (15)  libraries and library maintenance;
               (16)  civic, convention centers, or coliseums;
               (17)  community, neighborhood, or senior citizen
  centers;
               (18)  operation of emergency ambulance service;
               (19)  dams and reservoirs;
               (20)  warning signals;
               (21)  regulation of traffic;
               (22)  transportation systems;
               (23)  recreational facilities, including but not
  limited to swimming pools, beaches, and marinas;
               (24)  vehicle and motor driven equipment maintenance;
               (25)  parking facilities;
               (26)  tax collection;
               (27)  firework displays;
               (28)  building codes and inspection;
               (29)  zoning, planning, and plat approval;
               (30)  engineering functions;
               (31)  maintenance of traffic signals, signs, and
  hazards;
               (32)  water and sewer service;
               (33)  animal control;
               (34)  community development or urban renewal
  activities undertaken by municipalities and authorized under
  Chapters 373 and 374, Local Government Code;
               (35)  latchkey programs conducted exclusively on a
  school campus under an interlocal agreement with the school
  district in which the school campus is located; and
               (36)  enforcement of land use restrictions under
  Subchapter E [A], Chapter 212 [230], Local Government Code.
         SECTION 2.  Section 101.0211, Civil Practice and Remedies
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 101.0211.  NO LIABILITY FOR JOINT ENTERPRISE. (a)  The
  common law doctrine of vicarious liability because of participation
  in a joint enterprise does not impose liability for a claim brought
  under this chapter on:
               (1)  a water district created pursuant to either
  Sections 52(b)(1) and (2), Article III, or Section 59, Article XVI,
  Texas Constitution, regardless of how created; or
               (2)  a municipality with respect to the use of a
  municipal airport for space flight activities as defined by Section
  100A.001 unless the municipality would otherwise be liable under
  Section 101.021.
         (b)  This section does not affect a limitation on liability
  or damages provided by this chapter, including a limitation under
  Section 101.023[, for a claim brought under this chapter].
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a cause of action that accrues on or after the effective date of
  this Act. A cause of action that accrues before the effective date
  of this Act is governed by the law in effect immediately before that
  date, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 278 was passed by the House on April
  18, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 142, Nays 1, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 278 was passed by the Senate on May 8,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor