H.B. No. 3798
  relating to expenditures made by emergency services districts.
         SECTION 1.  Section 775.073, Health and Safety Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 775.073.  EXPENDITURES [METHOD OF PAYMENT]. (a)
  Except as otherwise provided by this section, district [District]
  funds may be disbursed only by check, draft, order, or other
  instrument that:
               (1)  is signed by at least a majority of the board's
  commissioners; or
               (2)  is signed by the treasurer and countersigned by
  the president. [If the treasurer is absent or unavailable, the
  assistant treasurer may sign for the treasurer. If the president is
  absent or unavailable, the vice president may sign for the
         (b)  The board by resolution may allow a district employee
  who has executed a bond in an amount equal to the amount required
  for the district treasurer to sign an instrument to disburse
  district funds. An expenditure of more than $2,000 may not be paid
  [from tax money] unless [a sworn itemized account covering] the
  expenditure is presented to the board and the board approves the
         (c)  The board may authorize the disbursement of district
  funds transferred by federal reserve wire system. The board by
  resolution may authorize wire transfers to accounts in the
  district's name or accounts not in the district's name.
         (d)  Any property, including an interest in property,
  purchased or leased using district funds, wholly or partly, must
  remain the property of the district, regardless of whether the
  property is used by a third party under a contract for services or
  otherwise, until:
               (1)  the property is sold to a third party following the
  procedures authorized under Section 263.003, 263.007, or 263.008,
  Local Government Code; or
               (2)  the property is disposed of in accordance with
  Subchapter J.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 3798 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. 3798 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________