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  S.B. No. 1024
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to access to services in an area annexed by certain tier 1
  municipalities under a service plan.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 43, Local Government Code,
  is amended by adding Section 43.0565 to read as follows:
         Sec. 43.0565.  ACCESS TO SERVICES BY CERTAIN MUNICIPALITIES
  IN ANNEXED AREA. (a)  A municipality with a population of 350,000
  or less shall provide access to services provided to an annexed area
  under a service plan described by Section 43.056 that is identical
  or substantially similar to access to those services in the
  municipality.
         (b)  A person residing in an annexed area subject to a
  service plan may apply for a writ of mandamus against a municipality
  that fails to provide access to services in accordance with
  Subsection (a). In the action for the writ:
               (1)  the court may order the parties to participate in
  mediation;
               (2)  the municipality has the burden of proving that
  the municipality complied with Subsection (a);
               (3)  the person may provide evidence that the costs for
  the person to access the services are disproportionate to the costs
  incurred by a municipal resident to access those services; and
               (4)  if the person prevails:
                     (A)  the municipality shall:
                           (i)  disannex the property that is the
  subject of the suit within a reasonable period specified by the
  court; or
                           (ii)  comply with Subsection (a); and
                     (B)  the court shall award the person's attorney's
  fees and costs incurred in bringing the action for the writ.
         (c)  A municipality's governmental immunity to suit and from
  liability is waived and abolished to the extent of liability
  created under this section.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1024 passed the Senate on
  May 3, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1024 passed the House on
  May 17, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor