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  H.B. No. 2194
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the board of trustees of the Weatherford Junior College
  District.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter E, Chapter 130, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 130.0828 to read as follows:
         Sec. 130.0828.  ADDITIONAL TRUSTEES FOR WEATHERFORD JUNIOR
  COLLEGE DISTRICT. (a)  Notwithstanding any other law, in addition
  to the members of the board of trustees of the Weatherford Junior
  College District elected or appointed under other provisions of
  this subchapter, the commissioners court of each county in which a
  branch campus of the district is located and that imposed a branch
  campus maintenance tax under Section 130.253 on September 1, 2017,
  shall appoint one member to serve on the district's board of
  trustees.
         (b)  Members of the board of trustees appointed under this
  section serve two-year terms and may be appointed to serve
  successive terms.  The commissioners court shall appoint initial
  members to serve a term beginning December 1, 2017.
         (c)  Except as provided by Subsection (d), a member of the
  board of trustees appointed under this section may participate in
  the decision-making of the board to the same extent as any other
  member of the board, including by voting on any budget that affects
  the entire district.
         (d)  A member of the board of trustees appointed under this
  section:
               (1)  may not participate in the decision-making of the
  board in matters related to:
                     (A)  the imposition of a tax; or
                     (B)  an issue that only affects a campus located
  in the junior college district;
               (2)  is not counted for purposes of determining whether
  a quorum of the board is present for the purpose of Subdivision (1);
  and
               (3)  may not serve as an officer of the board of
  trustees.
         (e)  Unless this section is continued in effect by the
  legislature, this section expires on December 1, 2027.
         SECTION 2.  The commissioners court of each county to which
  Section 130.0828, Education Code, as added by this Act, applies
  shall appoint the initial members of the board of trustees of the
  Weatherford Junior College District under that section not later
  than November 30, 2017.
         SECTION 3.  SEVERABILITY. (a) It is the intent of the
  legislature that every provision, section, subsection, sentence,
  clause, phrase, and word in this Act, and every application of the
  provisions in this Act to each local law, are severable from each
  other. All constitutionally valid and lawful applications of this
  Act shall be severed from an application that a court finds to be
  invalid, leaving the valid applications in force because it is the
  legislature's intent and priority that the valid applications be
  allowed to stand alone.
         (b)  A court may not decline to enforce the severability
  requirements in this Act on the ground that the enforcement of the
  severability requirements would be contrary to legislative intent.
  The legislature hereby declares that it intends for the
  severability requirements of this Act to be enforced as written,
  without any exceptions.
         (c)  A court may not decline to enforce the severability
  requirements of this Act on the ground that the Act's provisions or
  applications are essentially and inseparably connected. The
  legislature hereby declares that it intends for the severability
  requirements of this Act to be enforced without regard to whether
  this Act's provisions or applications are essentially and
  inseparably connected.
         (d)  If a final court order or judgment finds that the
  composition of the board of trustees of the Weatherford Junior
  College District as composed under this Act is invalid, the
  court-ordered remedy shall require the appointment of members of
  the board of trustees by the commissioners court of each county in
  which a branch campus of the district is located in the manner
  described by Section 130.0828, Education Code, as added by this
  Act, so that the composition of the board of trustees complies with
  applicable law.
         (e)  Section 311.032(a), Government Code, applies to this
  Act.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2194 was passed by the House on April
  20, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2194 was passed by the Senate on May
  10, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 25, Nays 5.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor