HBA-NLM H.B. 1667 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1667 By: Green Land & Resource Management 3/3/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, a municipality in a particular county is permitted to annex areas in another county without obtaining the approval of the county in which the area to be annexed is located. There is some concern that this process represents an unjustified infringement on the sovereignty of the county in which the area to be annexed lies. H.B. 1667 requires a municipality which is proposing to annex an area in another county to seek and obtain the written approval of the commissioners court of that county. 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. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter B, Chapter 43, Local Government Code, by adding Section 43.035, as follows: Sec. 43.035. COUNTY APPROVAL REQUIRED FOR MUNICIPAL ANNEXATION IN CERTAIN AREAS. Prohibits a municipality from annexing an area that is located outside the county in which the municipality's city hall is located, unless the municipality obtains the written approval of the commissioners court of the county in which the area to be annexed is located. SECTION 2. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause. Effective date: 90 days after adjournment.