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The House Committee on Special Purpose Districts

85th Legislature

November 30, 2017

1:00 p.m.



Pursuant to a notice posted on November 17, 2017, the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts met in a public hearing and was called to order by the chair, Representative Murphy, at 1:05 p.m.


The initial quorum call was answered as follows: Representatives Murphy; Perez; Bell; Cosper; Lang; and Schubert.


A quorum was present.



Testimony was taken on the following interim charges:


Interim Charge #1:  Evaluate the impact of Hurricane Harvey on residential communities within special purpose districts and districts' capacity to respond.  Review the role and adequacy of the districts in emergency preparedness and response.  Make recommendations for strengthening districts' emergency operations.


Interim Charge #2:  Review the statutes and procedures related to state approval and oversight of water district bonds that finance utility, infrastructure, and other projects.  Identify opportunities for improving the state's oversight of bond issuance and make recommendations for statutory changes.


Interim Charge #3: Investigate the feasibility of dissolving special purpose districts and determine if there are criteria that would make dissolution acceptable.  Make recommendations for codifying the dissolution requirements and procedures.


At 5:32 p.m., on the motion of Representative Murphy and without objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair.




Rep. Murphy, Chair




Laurie McAnally, Clerk