Texas Legislative Council

Special District Local Laws Code

Background

Historically, the majority of local laws that governed individual special districts were published only in the volumes of legislative session laws, and those laws were not as readily accessible as the general laws printed in Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes and the subject matter codes, including the Government Code and the Water Code. In addition, many of those local laws have been repeatedly amended over the years, which required comparing the law as printed in several different session law volumes.

The Special District Local Laws Code project is the council's effort to have these local laws published and revised in the manner of the general laws, using the same numbering system employed in the other codes drafted by council attorneys. The code is divided into titles by broad subject areas and subtitles by the general types of special districts governed by local laws. The subtitles are further divided into numbered chapters, with one chapter for each individual district.

The code was adopted by the 78th Legislature, Regular Session, 2003, in a form that established the structure of the code with one or more chapters for each title and subtitle. The council has since prepared additional revised chapters for the code in each legislative session.

86th Legislature Proposed Chapters

The council has prepared preliminary drafts of proposed code chapters of the Special Districts Local Laws Code to be included in a bill for consideration by the 86th Legislature. Each proposed code chapter revises the compiled legislation for a particular special district. The preliminary drafts for each special district are accessible via the following links:


For comments on the following districts, please contact Chris Clapham:

Chambers-Liberty Counties Navigation District

Orange County Navigation and Port District of Orange County, Texas

Palo Duro Water District

Port of Corpus Christi Authority of Nueces County, Texas

Sabine Pass Port Authority

Sulphur River Basin Authority


For comments on the following districts, please contact Jessie Coulter:

Baybrook Municipal Utility District No. 1

Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 5

Fannin County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1

Fort Bend County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2

Fort Hancock Water Control and Improvement District of Hudspeth County

Hall and Donley Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 of Hall and Donley Counties

Harris County Municipal Utility District No. 319

Hays County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1

Hays County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2

Hemphill County Underground Water Conservation District

Hudspeth County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1

Lakeway Municipal Utility District

Live Oak Underground Water Conservation District

Polk County Fresh Water Supply District No. 2

The Woodlands Metro Center Municipal Utility District of Montgomery County

Tanglewood Forest Limited District


For information on the review process and the formatting of proposed code chapters, see Memorandum on Review of Proposed Code Chapters.

Contact

Questions, comments, or suggestions relating to the current installment of the Special District Local Laws Code revision project may be directed to Chris Clapham or Jessie Coulter at P.O. Box 12128, Austin, Texas 78711, at telephone number (512)463‐1151, or by e-mail at Chris.Clapham@tlc.texas.gov or Jessie.Coulter@tlc.texas.gov. Please direct questions, comments, or suggestions relating to a navigation district or river authority to Chris Clapham. Questions, comments, or suggestions relating to other types of districts may be directed to Jessie Coulter.

85th Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 85th Legislature passed in 2017 and takes effect April 1, 2019. That installment of the project was under the direction of Stacy Bergendahl of the legal staff. Questions, comments, or suggestions relating to that installment of the project may be directed to Ms. Bergendahl at P.O. Box 12128, Austin, Texas 78711, at telephone number (512)463‐1151, or by email at Stacy.Bergendahl@tlc.texas.gov.

Revisor's Report
House Bill 2803

84th Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 84th Legislature passed in 2015 and took effect April 1, 2017.

Revisor's Report
Senate Bill 1162

83rd Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 83rd Legislature passed in 2013 and took effect April 1, 2015.

Revisor's Report
Senate Bill 1026

82nd Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 82nd Legislature passed in 2011 and took effect April 1, 2013.

Revisor's Report
Senate Bill 1147

81st Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 81st Legislature passed in 2009 and took effect April 1, 2011.

Revisor's Report
House Bill 2619

80th Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 80th Legislature passed in 2007 and took effect April 1, 2009.

House Bill 3166

79th Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 79th Legislature passed in 2005 and took effect April 1, 2007.

Revisor's Report
House Bill 2019

78th Legislature Legislation

The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 78th Legislature passed in 2003 and took effect April 1, 2005.

Revisor's Report
House Bill 3508