TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

SUBTITLE B. SURVEYS AND SURVEYORS

CHAPTER 31. GENERAL LAND OFFICE

SUBCHAPTER B. ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS


§ 31.011. LAND OFFICE ESTABLISHED.
     There shall be one General Land Office located in Austin, which shall register all land titles emanating from the state if not prohibited by the constitution.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2371, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977.

§ 31.014. COMMISSIONER'S LIABILITY.
     The commissioner and a surety on a bond authorized under Chapter 653, Government Code, are responsible to any person who is injured by removal, withdrawal, or alteration of any record or file in the land office, unless the commissioner is able to show that the act has taken place with the permission of the person owning the file or record.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2371, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 285, § 20, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

§ 31.015. CHIEF CLERK.
     (a) The commissioner shall appoint a chief clerk.
     (b) The chief clerk may perform any of the duties of the commissioner if the commissioner is sick, is absent, dies, or resigns.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2371, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 285, § 21, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

§ 31.016. ABSTRACT CLERK.
     The commissioner shall designate one of his clerks as the abstract clerk and shall assign to him the special duty to correct the abstracts of patented, titled, and surveyed real property required to be kept in the land office to reflect errors, changes caused by cancellation of patents and in county lines, and the creation of new counties and to add new patented surveys on the date they are patented.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2371, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1091, § 3, eff. June 20, 2003.

§ 31.017. RECEIVER.
     With the consent of the governor, the commissioner shall appoint a suitable person to serve as receiver for the land office.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2371, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 285, § 31(28), eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1091, § 3, eff. June 20, 2003; Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 146, § 1, eff. May 24, 2005;

Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 728, § 14.002, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

§ 31.018. TRANSLATOR.
     (a) The commissioner shall appoint a translator who thoroughly understands the Spanish and English languages.
     (b) The translator shall take the official oath.
     (c) The translator shall translate into English any laws and public contracts relating to titles to real property and any original titles or papers which are written in the Spanish language and which are filed in the land office.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2371, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 285, § 22, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1091, § 4, eff. June 20, 2003.

§ 31.019. SURVEYORS.
     (a) The commissioner shall appoint a chief surveyor and as many assistant surveyors as authorized by law.
     (b) The chief surveyor and the chief surveyor's assistant surveyors shall draw and complete county maps.
     (c) The chief surveyor and the chief surveyor's assistant surveyors shall perform drafting and other duties required by the commissioner for the benefit of the state or individuals.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2371, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1091, § 5, eff. June 20, 2003.

§ 31.021. REIMBURSEMENT FOR NOTARY PUBLIC EXPENSE.
     The land office may reimburse an employee for the fees and costs of a bond that are required for appointment as a notary public if the employee provides notary public service as part of the employee's duties with the land office.

Added by Acts 1979, 66th Leg., p. 70, ch. 45, § 1, eff. April 11, 1979.