Special District Local Laws Code
Background Information

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. Chapters are divided into numbered sections—the number to the left of the decimal is the same as the number of the chapter in which the section is found. Gaps in chapter and section numbering are for later expansion of the code. Currently, the Special District Local Laws Code has six titles by subject, each having room for additional subtitles as they become necessary.

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 prepared additional revised chapters for the code in each subsequent legislative session, which the legislature added to the code. The council anticipates preparing more revised chapters for the 85th Legislative Session.

85R Proposed Chapters

The Texas Legislative Council has prepared preliminary drafts of chapters of the Special District Local Laws Code to be included in a bill for consideration by the 85th Legislature. Each proposed chapter revises the compiled legislation for a particular special district. For information on the structure of each proposed chapter and other helpful information see Review of proposed code chapters.

The council welcomes interested parties to review one or more of the proposed chapters. If you have a question about a chapter, please contact the chief revisor, Stacy Bergendahl, at P.O. Box 12128, Austin, Texas 78711, at phone number (512) 463-1151, or by e-mail.

84R 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 is effective April 1, 2017.

83R 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 became effective April 1, 2015.

82R 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 became effective April 1, 2013.

81R 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 became effective April 1, 2011.

80R 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 became effective April 1, 2009.

79R 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 became effective April 1, 2007.