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  H.B. No. 3097
  relating to the election of directors of the board of the Ector
  County Hospital District.
         SECTION 1.  Section 1024.053, Special District Local Laws
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 1024.053.  BALLOT PETITION.  A person who wants to have
  the person's name printed on the ballot as a candidate for director
  must file with the board secretary a petition requesting that
  action.  The petition must:
               (1)  be signed by at least 50 registered voters of the
  district as determined by the most recent official list of
  registered voters;
               (2)  be filed not later than 5 p.m. on the same [62nd]
  day that an application for a place on the ballot must be filed
  under Section 144.005, Election Code [before the date of the
  election]; and
               (3)  specify the single-member district [commissioners
  precinct] the candidate wants to represent [or specify that the
  candidate wants to represent the district at large].
         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. 3097 was passed by the House on May 2,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 3097 was passed by the Senate on May
  20, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________