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  S.B. No. 374
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to municipal annexation of certain rights-of-way.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 43.1055, Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 43.1055.  ANNEXATION OF ROAD [ROADS AND] RIGHTS-OF-WAY
  ON REQUEST OF OWNER OR MAINTAINING POLITICAL SUBDIVISION.
  Notwithstanding any other law, a municipality may by ordinance
  annex a road [or the] right-of-way [of a road] on request of the
  owner of the [road or] right-of-way or the governing body of the
  political subdivision that maintains the [road or] right-of-way
  under the procedures prescribed by Subchapter C-1.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter E, Chapter 43, Local Government Code,
  is amended by adding Section 43.1056 to read as follows:
         Sec. 43.1056.  ANNEXATION OF CONTIGUOUS OR CONNECTING
  RIGHTS-OF-WAY. (a) Notwithstanding any other law, a municipality
  that is annexing an area under Subchapter C-3, C-4, C-5, or D may
  also annex with the area the right-of-way of a street, highway,
  alley, or other public way or of a railway line, spur, or roadbed,
  that is:
               (1)  contiguous and runs parallel to the municipality's
  boundaries; and
               (2)  contiguous to the area being annexed under
  Subchapter C-3, C-4, C-5, or D.
         (b)  A municipality may annex a right-of-way under this
  section only if:
               (1)  the municipality provides written notice of the
  annexation to the owner of the right-of-way, through the owner's
  registered agent, if applicable, not later than the 61st day before
  the date of the proposed annexation; and
               (2)  the owner of the right-of-way does not submit a
  written objection to the municipality before the date of the
  proposed annexation. 
         (c)  If the owner of a right-of-way proposed to be annexed
  under this section is a governmental entity, the entity may specify
  the location at which a municipality must deliver notice under
  Subsection (b).
         (d)  Section 43.054 does not apply to the annexation of a
  right-of-way under this section.
         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, 2021.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 374 passed the Senate on
  April 9, 2021, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 27, 2021, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 374 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 11, 2021, by the following vote: Yeas 121,
  Nays 21, one present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor