General and Special Laws of The State of Texas Passed By The Second Called Session of the Sixty-Eighth Legislature and the Regular Session of the Sixty-Ninth Legislature Page: 77
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68th LEGIS-2nd CALLED SESSION
salaries for ten faculty positions related to the operation of the Houston Psychiatric Hospital.
upon a finding of fact by the Governor that the Department has stated in writing that the
construction of the Houston Psychiatric Hospital is at or substantially near completion.
"2. The Department may transfer not more than $800,000 of the appropriation to the Houston
Psychiatric Hospital into a special account in the Central Office of the Department which may be
allocated or expended only for the purpose of improving staff-to-patient ratios in state mental
hospitals. This purpose may be accomplished by hiring state mental hospital staff by using
community alternatives to reduce the patient census of state mental hospitals, or by a combination
of these two approaches."
SECTION 5. The importance of this legislation and the crowded condition of the calendars
in both houses create an emergency and an imperative public necessity that the constitutional
rule requiring bills to be read on three several days in each house be suspended, and this rule is
hereby suspended, and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its passage, and it
is so enacted.
Passed the Senate on July 1, 1984, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 0; passed
subject to the provisions of Article III, Section 49a of the Constitution of Texas;
passed the House on July 3, 1984, by the following vote: Yeas 132, Nays 9, one
present not voting; passed subject to the provisions of Article III, Section 49a of the
Constitution of Texas.
Approved: July 12, 1984
S.B. No. 33
An Act relating to the creation, administration, powers, duties, operations, financing, and dissolution of
road utility districts under Article III, Section 52, of the Texas Constitution, to conveyance of
completed facilities to certain governmental entities, and to certain powers and duties of the
State Highway and Public Transportation Commission.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. AUTHORIZATION OF DISTRICTS. A road utility district may be created
pursuant to Article III, Section 52, of the Texas Constitution, as provided by this Act.
SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act:
(1) "Person" means an individual, corporation, organization, government or governmental
subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, joint venture, association, or any
other legal entity.
(2) "District" means a road utility district.
(3) "Commission" means the State Highway and Public Transportation Commission.
(4) "Roads" means macadamized, graveled, or paved roads and turnpikes which serve or are
intended to serve as arterial or main feeder roads under such standards as may be prescribed by
(5) "Governmental entity" means a city, county, or the State Department of Highways and
(6) "Approval statement" means the written statement issued to a petitioner by a
governmental entity under Subsection (d) of Section 4 of this Act.
(7) "Drainage works" means any property, easements, facilities, or works necessary or
appropriate for the improvement of rivers, creeks, and streams to prevent overflows or for the
construction and maintenance of pools, lakes, reservoirs, dams, canals, and waterways for the
purpose of drainage, or in aid of these purposes, if the property, easements, facilities, or works
are related to or in furtherance of the construction, acquisition, or improvement of roads.
(8) "Facilities" means roads or drainage works constructed, acquired, or improved by the
(9) "Bonds" means bonds, notes, warrants, or other evidence of indebtedness.
SECTION 3. DISTRICT COMPOSITION. A district created under this Act may be
composed of all or part of one or more counties of this state.
CH 13, SEC 3
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