S.B. No. 2534
  relating to the creation of an interagency task force on economic
  growth and endangered species; providing information and direction
  regarding endangered species issues in certain areas of the state.
         SECTION 1.  Subtitle F, Title 4, Government Code, is amended
  by adding Chapter 490E to read as follows:
         Sec. 490E.001.  PURPOSE. The purpose of this chapter is to
  establish a mechanism for state agencies to provide policy and
  technical assistance regarding compliance with endangered species
  laws and regulations to local and regional governmental entities
  and their communities engaged in economic development activities so
  that compliance with endangered species laws and regulations is as
  effective and cost efficient as possible.
         Sec. 490E.002.  DEFINITIONS.  In this chapter:
               (1)  "Endangered species" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 68.002, Parks and Wildlife Code.
               (2)  "Task force" means the interagency task force on
  economic growth and endangered species created under this chapter.
         Sec. 490E.003.  CREATION. (a)  The task force on economic
  growth and endangered species is created and is composed of:
               (1)  the comptroller;
               (2)  the commissioner of agriculture;
               (3)  the executive director of the Parks and Wildlife
               (4)  the executive director of the Texas Department of
  Transportation; and
               (5)  the executive director of the State Soil and Water
  Conservation Board.
         (b)  The comptroller is the presiding officer of the task
         (c)  The task force shall meet as often as necessary to
  fulfill its duties under this chapter.
         (d)  New members may be added to the task force by the
  unanimous consent of the existing members.
         (e)  A member of the task force may designate another person
  to act on the member's behalf.
         Sec. 490E.004.  FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES. (a)  The task force
               (1)  assess the economic impact on the state of
  federal, state, or local regulations relating to endangered
               (2)  assist landowners and other persons in this state
  to identify, evaluate, and implement cost-efficient strategies for
  mitigation of impacts to and recovery of endangered species that
  will promote economic growth and development in this state; and
               (3)  facilitate state and local governmental efforts to
  effectively implement endangered species regulations in a
  cost-efficient manner.
         (b)  If requested by a local government or a state official,
  the task force may review state and local governmental efforts to
  address endangered species issues and provide recommendations to
  make those efforts more cost effective. The task force shall
  consider all available options as part of its recommendations. The
  options considered must include:
               (1)  fee simple acquisition of land;
               (2)  conservation easements;
               (3)  use of land owned by local governments or this
               (4)  recovery crediting; and
               (5)  all relevant federal programs.
         Sec. 490E.005.  ADVISORY COMMITTEES. (a)  With the advice
  of the task force, the comptroller may create advisory committees
  to assist the task force with its work. Of the members of an
  advisory committee:
               (1)  one-third must be representatives of affected
               (2)  one-third must be representatives of conservation
  interests; and
               (3)  one-third must be representatives of
  municipalities or other affected jurisdictions.
         (b)  The composition of an advisory committee must provide
  the balance necessary to address economic, environmental, and
  policy issues related to the specific issue or action under
         (c)  The comptroller shall designate one member of an
  advisory committee as interim presiding officer for the purpose of
  calling and conducting the initial meeting of the committee.
         (d)  An advisory committee shall:
               (1)  at its initial meeting, select a presiding officer
  from among its members for the purpose of conducting meetings;
               (2)  conduct meetings as necessary to perform the
  business of the advisory committee; and
               (3)  provide recommendations to the task force as
  requested by the task force.
         (e)  Chapter 2110 does not apply to the size, composition, or
  duration of an advisory committee created under this section.
         Sec. 490E.006.  COORDINATION WITH OTHER ENTITIES. (a)  The
  task force shall work in coordination with the United States Fish
  and Wildlife Service, institutions of higher education, and
  agriculture and conservation organizations in performing its
  functions and duties.
         (b)  The Texas A&M University System shall, within its
               (1)  assist in the analysis of biological and economic
  impacts of proposed actions; and
               (2)  direct programs recommended by the task force.
         Sec. 490E.007.  REPORTS. The task force may provide reports
  as needed on:
               (1)  innovative programs to address endangered species
  issues while promoting economic growth;
               (2)  the activities of the task force; and
               (3)  recommendations for future programs or
         Sec. 490E.008.  ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. The comptroller's
  office shall provide administrative support to the task force.
         SECTION 2.  (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Endangered Species Act" means the federal
  Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. Section 1531 et seq.).
               (2)  "Task force" has the meaning assigned by Section
  490E.002, Government Code, as added by this Act.
         (b)  Not later than the 30th day after the effective date of
  this Act, the comptroller of public accounts shall create an
  advisory committee to assist the task force in identifying
  cost-efficient and effective recommendations for economic
  development and Endangered Species Act compliance in the Camp
  Bullis area in Bexar County.
         (c)  Not later than October 31, 2009, the task force, with
  input from the advisory committee created under Subsection (b) of
  this section, shall provide a recommendation on a specific,
  coordinated program of work to assist Camp Bullis in accomplishing
  its training missions in a manner consistent with applicable
  endangered species regulations and programs.
         (d)  Not later than January 15, 2011, the task force shall
  provide a report to the legislature on the activities of the task
  force and the status of efforts to mitigate harm to and efforts
  toward recovery of endangered species at Camp Bullis.
         (e)  The advisory committee created under this section is
  abolished on the completion of its duties as determined by the task
         SECTION 3.  This Act does not make an appropriation. A
  provision in this Act that creates a new governmental program,
  creates a new entitlement, or imposes a new duty on a governmental
  entity is not mandatory during a fiscal period for which the
  legislature has not made a specific appropriation to implement the
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2534 passed the Senate on
  May 7, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2534 passed the House on
  May 26, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 2, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House