H.B. No. 1775
  relating to the authority of the University Interscholastic League
  regarding activities involving sports officials.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 33, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 33.085 to read as follows:
  this section:
               (1)  "League" means the University Interscholastic
               (2)  "Sports official" means a person who officiates,
  judges, or in any manner enforces contest rules in any official
  capacity with respect to and during the course of an
  interscholastic athletic team competition and who is a member of a
  league-recognized local chapter or association of sports
  officials. The term includes a referee, umpire, linesman, judge,
  or any other person similarly involved in supervising competitive
  play. The term does not include a league board member or a league
  official who is acting in an official capacity to supervise,
  administer, or enforce the league constitution or league contest
         (b)  The league may require a sports official, as a condition
  of eligibility to officiate a contest sponsored by the league, to:
               (1)  be registered with the league and comply with the
  registration requirements of Subsection (c);
               (2)  have completed initial and continuing education
  programs regarding league rules;
               (3)  be a member in good standing of a local chapter or
  association of sports officials recognized by the league for that
  purpose; and
               (4)  agree to abide by league rules, including fee
  schedules and travel reimbursement guidelines for payment by school
  districts or open-enrollment charter schools to a sports official.
         (c)  In registering with the league, a sports official must
  be required to provide directory information required by the league
  and submit to a criminal background check.
         (d)  The league may not charge a sports official who
  completes a program under Subsection (b)(2) a fee for more than one
  program described by Subsection (b)(2).
         (e)  The league may charge and collect a registration fee
  only to defray the cost of registering sports officials and shall
  post the amount of the fee on the league's Internet website and make
  the information available at other places the league determines
  appropriate. The amount of the fee may not exceed the amount
  reasonably determined by the league to be necessary to cover the
  cost of administering registration.
         (f)  The league may revoke or suspend the league registration
  of a sports official determined by the league to have violated the
  provisions of the league constitution or contest rules governing
  sports officials or other league policy applicable to sports
  officials. Before the league may take action to revoke or suspend a
  sports official's registration, the league shall notify and consult
  with the local chapter or association of sports officials of which
  the sports official is a member. The local chapter or association
  may, on or before the 15th day after the date notice is received
  from the league, take action to adjudicate the alleged violation.
  If after the 15th day after the date notice is received from the
  league the local chapter or association has failed to take action
  against the sports official or takes action that the league finds to
  be insufficient, the league may take action against the sports
  official. The league shall adopt rules to provide a sports official
  with the opportunity for an appeals process before the league
  revokes or suspends the sports official's registration. In adopting
  rules under this subsection, the league shall make a determination
  of the actions and subsequent sanctions that would be considered
  sufficient under this subsection.
         (g)  The league may not sponsor or organize or attempt to
  sponsor or organize any association of sports officials in which
  the majority of the membership is composed of sports officials who
  officiate team sports.
         (h)  The league may set rates or fee schedules payable by a
  school district or open-enrollment charter school to a sports
         (i)  Before the league may take any action that amends rules
  related to the activities of sports officials, other than an action
  against an individual sports official under Subsection (f), the
  league must submit the proposed action for public review and
  comment, including:
               (1)  notifying registered sports officials of the
  proposed action by e-mail not later than the 30th day before the
  date set for action on the proposal; and
               (2)  posting the proposal on the league's Internet
  website for at least 30 consecutive days before the date set for
  action on the proposal.
         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, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 1775 was passed by the House on May 8,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 1775 was passed by the Senate on May
  21, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________