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.
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 87th 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 information on the review process and the formatting of proposed code chapters, see Memorandum on Review of Proposed Code Chapters.
Questions, comments, or suggestions relating to the current installment of the Special District Local Laws Code revision project may be directed to Stephen Loomis at P.O. Box 12128, Austin, Texas 78711, at telephone number (512)463‐1151, or by e-mail at Stephen.Loomis@tlc.texas.gov.
The following legislation relating to the portions of the Special District Local Laws Code proposed for nonsubstantive revision by the 86th Legislature passed in 2019 and takes effect April 1, 2021. That installment of the project was under the direction of Chris Clapham and Jessie Coulter of the legal staff. Questions, comments, or suggestions relating to that installment of the 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.
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.