S.B. No. 293
  relating to the authority of certain water districts to hold
  meetings by teleconference or videoconference.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter F, Chapter 551, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 551.131 to read as follows:
         Sec. 551.131.  WATER DISTRICTS.  (a)  In this section,
  "water district" means a river authority, groundwater conservation
  district, water control and improvement district, or other district
  created under Section 52, Article III, or Section 59, Article XVI,
  Texas Constitution.
         (b)  This section applies only to a water district whose
  territory includes land in three or more counties.
         (c)  A meeting held by telephone conference call or video
  conference call authorized by this section may be held only if:
               (1)  the meeting is a special called meeting and
  immediate action is required; and
               (2)  the convening at one location of a quorum of the
  governing body of the applicable water district is difficult or
         (d)  A meeting held by telephone conference call must
  otherwise comply with the procedures under Sections 551.125(c),
  (d), (e), and (f).
         (e)  A meeting held by video conference call is subject to
  the notice requirements applicable to other meetings.  In addition,
  a meeting held by video conference call shall:
               (1)  be visible and audible to the public at the
  location specified in the notice of the meeting as the location of
  the meeting;
               (2)  be recorded by audio and video; and
               (3)  have two-way audio and video communications with
  each participant in the meeting during the entire meeting.
         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 hereby certify that S.B. No. 293 passed the Senate on
  March 13, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 293 passed the House on
  April 25, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 136, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House