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  S.B. No. 1072
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the procedure for conducting surveys of public land,
  including the requirements regarding field notes and coordinate
  systems.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 21.041, Natural Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 21.041.  FIELD NOTES OF A SURVEY OF PUBLIC LAND. The
  field notes of a survey of public land shall state:
               (1)  the county in which the land is located;
               (2)  the authority under which the survey is made and a
  true description of the survey;
               (3)  the land by proper field notes with the necessary
  calls and connections for identification, observing the Spanish
  measurement by varas;
               (4)  a diagram of the survey;
               (5)  the State Plane Coordinates based on the Texas
  Coordinate System of 1927, [or] the Texas Coordinate System of
  1983, or an alternative coordinate system adopted under Section
  21.0711 values for the beginning point on the survey with
  appropriate reference to zone, mapping angle, grid distances,
  acreage and the N.G.S. Station to which the survey is tied;
               (6)  the names of the field survey personnel;
               (7)  the date the survey was made; and
               (8)  the signature of the surveyor.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 21, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 21.0711 to read as follows:
         Sec. 21.0711.  ALTERNATIVE COORDINATE SYSTEMS. (a)  The
  Texas Spatial Reference Center at Texas A&M University--Corpus
  Christi established under Section 88.503, Education Code, may adopt
  a revised state coordinate system that may be used for purposes of
  this subchapter under the authority granted to the center as the
  state's facilitator of the National Spatial Reference System.
         (b)  A revised coordinate system adopted under Subsection
  (a) is an official state coordinate system.
         SECTION 3.  Section 21.077, Natural Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 21.077.  UNIT OF MEASUREMENT. The unit of measurement
  in this subchapter has the following values, based on the
  International Meter established by the National Bureau of
  Standards:
               (1)  one meter = 39.37 inches exactly;
               (2)  one U.S. survey foot = 0.3048006096 meter [12.00
  inches exactly]; [and]
               (3)  one vara = 33-1/3 inches exactly; and
               (4)  one international foot = 0.3048 meter exactly.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1072 passed the Senate on
  April 29, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1072 passed the House on
  May 18, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 2, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor