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  S.B. No. 736
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to mandatory arbitration for certain municipal fire
  departments and employee bargaining agents.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 174.153(a), Local Government Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Except as provided by Section 174.1535, a [A] public
  employer or an association that is a bargaining agent may request
  the appointment of an arbitration board if:
               (1)  the parties:
                     (A)  reach an impasse in collective bargaining; or
                     (B)  are unable to settle after the appropriate
  lawmaking body fails to approve a contract reached through
  collective bargaining;
               (2)  the parties made every reasonable effort,
  including mediation, to settle the dispute through good-faith
  collective bargaining; and
               (3)  the public employer or association gives written
  notice to the other party, specifying the issue in dispute.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter E, Chapter 174, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 174.1535 to read as follows:
         Sec. 174.1535.  MANDATORY ARBITRATION. (a) This section
  applies only to:
               (1)  a fire department that serves a municipality with
  a population of 1.9 million or more; and
               (2)  an association that is a bargaining agent for the
  employees of a fire department described by Subdivision (1).
         (b)  A public employer and an association that is a
  bargaining agent shall submit to binding interest arbitration if
  the parties:
               (1)  reach an impasse in collective bargaining; or
               (2)  are unable to settle after the 61st day after the
  date the appropriate lawmaking body fails to approve a contract
  reached through collective bargaining.
         (c)  Each party shall send to the other party a written
  notice specifying each issue in dispute for purposes of binding
  arbitration not later than the fifth day after:
               (1)  the date an impasse was reached under Section
  174.152;
               (2)  the expiration of an extension period under
  Section 174.152; or
               (3)  the expiration of the period described by
  Subsection (b)(2).
         (d)  A notice under Subsection (c) is considered sent on the
  date the notice is placed in the mail, personally delivered, or
  transmitted by e-mail or any other means of electronic transfer.
         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, 2023.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 736 passed the Senate on
  March 27, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 736 passed the House on
  May 22, 2023, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 10, one
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor