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Added by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 10, Sec. 1, eff. March 28, 1991. (3031)

Sec. 40.304. SMALL SPILL EDUCATION PROGRAM. (3032)(Text)

The commissioner shall develop and conduct a voluntary spill prevention education program that targets small spills from commercial fishing vessels, offshore support vessels, ferries, cruise ships, ports, marinas, and recreational boats. The small spill education program shall illustrate ways to reduce oil contamination of bilge water, accidental spills of motor oil and hydraulic fluid during routine maintenance, and spills during refueling. The program shall illustrate proper disposal of oil and promote strategies to meet shoreside oil handling and disposal needs of targeted groups. The program shall include a series of training materials and workshops and the development of educational materials. (3033)

Added by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 776, Sec. 11, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. (3034)


Sec. 51.001. DEFINITIONS. (3037)(Text)

In this chapter: (3038)

(1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the General Land Office. (3039)

(2) "Land office" means the General Land Office. (3040)

(3) "Board" means the School Land Board. (3041)

(4) "Comptroller" means the Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of Texas. (3042)

(5) "Board of regents" means the board of regents of The University of Texas System. (3043)

(6) "Public school land" means all land of the state that is dedicated to the permanent school fund. (3044)

(7) "Appraiser" means a state certified or state licensed real estate appraiser who is employed by or contracts with the land office and who performs professional valuation services competently and in a manner that is independent, impartial, and objective. (3045)

(8) "Surveyed land" means all or part of any tract of land surveyed either on the ground or by protraction and dedicated to or acquired on behalf of the public school fund which is unsold and for which field notes are on file in the land office or that may be delineated on the maps of that office as such. (3046)

(9) "Unsurveyed land" means any land that is not included in surveys on file in the land office or surveys delineated on maps of that office. (3047)

(10) "Land" or "real property" means any interest in the physical land and appurtenances attached to the land, including improvements. (3048)

(11) "Market value" has the meaning assigned by Section 1.04, Tax Code. (3049)

(12) "Sovereign land" means land that has not been sold and severed by the sovereign. (3050)

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2417, ch. 871, art. I, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1423, Sec. 14.02, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 280, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2003. (3051)

Amended by: (3052)

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1098 (H.B. 2217), Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2005. (3053)

Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1175 (H.B. 3461), Sec. 13, eff. June 19, 2009. (3054)


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(a) Any land, mineral or royalty interest, real estate investment, or other interest, including revenue received from those sources, that is set apart to the permanent school fund under the constitution and laws of this state together with the mineral estate in riverbeds, channels, and the tidelands, including islands, shall be subject to the sole and exclusive management and control of the school land board and the commissioner under the provisions of this chapter and other applicable law. (3058)

(a-1) The board may acquire, sell, lease, trade, improve, maintain, protect, or otherwise manage, control, or use land, mineral and royalty interests, real estate investments, or other interests, including revenue received from those sources, that are set apart to the permanent school fund in any manner, at such prices, and under such terms and conditions as the board finds to be in the best interest of the fund. (3059)

(a-2) Not later than October 15 of each year, the board shall report to the Legislative Budget Board the sale of any land that is set apart to the permanent school fund for less than appraised value or the purchase of any land that is set apart to the permanent school fund for more than appraised value during the preceding state fiscal year. (3060)

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, land within 2,500 feet of a military base may not be sold or leased and an easement over the land may not be granted unless the commissioner or the commissioner's designee, after consultation with appropriate military authorities, determines that the grant will not adversely affect the mission of the military base. (3061)

(c) Any public land may be sold or leased, or an easement over the property may be granted, to the United States for the use and benefit of the United States armed forces if the commissioner or the commissioner's designee, after consultation with appropriate military authorities, determines that the sale, lease, or easement would materially assist the military in accomplishing its mission. A sale, lease, or easement under this subsection must be at market value. The state shall retain all minerals it owns with respect to the land, but it may relinquish the right to use the surface to extract them. (3062)

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