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  H.B. No. 4257
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to retaliation for municipal annexation disapproval.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 43.0688, Local Government Code, is
  amended by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The disapproval of the proposed annexation of an area
  under this subchapter does not affect any existing legal obligation
  of the municipality proposing the annexation to continue to provide
  governmental services in the area, including water or wastewater
  services, regardless of whether the municipality holds a
  certificate of convenience and necessity to serve the area.
         (c)  A municipality that makes a wholesale sale of water to a
  special district operating under Chapter 36 or Title 4, Water Code,
  may not charge rates for the water that are higher than rates
  charged in other similarly situated areas solely because the
  district is wholly or partly located in an area that disapproved of
  a proposed annexation under this subchapter.
         SECTION 2.  Section 43.0699, Local Government Code, is
  amended by amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c) to
  read as follows:
         (a)  The disapproval of the proposed annexation of an area
  under this subchapter does not affect any existing legal obligation
  of the municipality proposing the annexation to continue to provide
  governmental services in the area, including water or wastewater
  services, regardless of whether the municipality holds a
  certificate of convenience and necessity to serve the area.
         (c)  A municipality that makes a wholesale sale of water to a
  special district operating under Chapter 36 or Title 4, Water Code,
  may not charge rates for the water that are higher than rates
  charged in other similarly situated areas solely because the
  district is wholly or partly located in an area that disapproved of
  a proposed annexation under this subchapter.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2019.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 4257 was passed by the House on April
  26, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 138, Nays 1, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 4257 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor