HBA-BSM C.S.H.B. 561 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisC.S.H.B. 561 By: Walker Natural Resources 3/9/2001 Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Glasscock County Underground Water Conservation District was created in 1981 by the 67th Legislature. Recently, the district annexed a portion of an adjacent county. Consequently, the district now encompasses more than Glasscock County. C.S.H.B. 561 changes the name of the district to the Glasscock Groundwater Conservation District, provides that the district is subject to laws of this state relating to groundwater conservation districts, and modifies provisions regarding the election of the districts board of directors. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS C.S.H.B. 561 amends law to change the name of the Glasscock County Underground Water Conservation District to the Glasscock Groundwater Conservation District (district), and sets forth provisions for the election and terms of directors to the district. The bill provides that the district is subject to law set forth in the Water Code pertaining to groundwater conservation districts. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE C.S.H.B. 561 modifies the original to require the directors to determine to which district precincts the annexed land shall be added for purposes of election of directors. The substitute adds new language to provide that a person residing in a proposed district may run for election to the board of a proposed district. C.S.H.B. 561 modifies the original to remove the requirement that the directors draw four numbered precincts for electing directors and the provision that relates to the redrawing of district lines after a census.