TX NATURAL RESOURCES CODE

SUBTITLE B. SURVEYS AND SURVEYORS

CHAPTER 32. SCHOOL LAND BOARD

SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS


§ 32.001. DEFINITIONS.
     In this chapter:
          (1) "Board" means the School Land Board.
          (2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the General Land Office.
          (3) "Land office" means the General Land Office.
          (4) "Land" means:
               (A) land dedicated to the permanent school fund and the asylum funds by the constitution and laws of this state;
               (B) the mineral estate in areas within tidewater limits, including islands, lakes, bays, and the bed of the sea which belong to the state;
               (C) the mineral estate in river beds and channels; and
               (D) land owned by the state or held in trust for the use and benefit of the state or of a department, board, or agency of the state.

Acts 1977, 65th Leg., p. 2377, ch. 871, art. I, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 624, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 1985; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 642, § 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1991.

§ 32.002. APPLICATION OF CHAPTER.
     (a) This chapter does not apply to:
          (1) land dedicated by the constitution or a law of this state to The University of Texas System, land donated by a will or instrument in writing or otherwise to The University of Texas System, as trustee, for a scientific, educational, or other charitable or public purpose, or any other land under the control of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System;
          (2) land whose title is vested in the state for the use and benefit of any part of The Texas A&M University System or land under the control of the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System;
          (3) minerals subject to lease under Subchapter F, Chapter 52, of this code, commonly known as the Relinquishment Act, and Subchapters B and C, Chapter 53, of this code;
          (4) oil and gas underlying land owned by the state that was acquired to construct or maintain a highway, road, street, or alley, which is located in a producing area, unless the oil or gas is leased for the specific purpose of drilling a horizontal well;
          (5) oil and gas underlying land owned by the state that was acquired to construct or maintain a highway, road, street, or alley if the Texas Transportation Commission has determined that such right-of-way is no longer needed for use by citizens as a road pursuant to Section 202.021, Transportation Code;
          (6) land owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; or
          (7) land owned by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice.
     (b) For purposes of Subsection (a)(4) of this section, land is located in a producing area if the closest boundary line of the surface of such land is within 2,500 feet of a well capable of producing oil or gas in paying quantities as of January 1, 1985.
     (c) Oil and gas underlying land not located within a producing area or that is leased for the specific purpose of drilling a horizontal well may be leased under the provisions of Section 32.201 of this code.
     (d) If title to land subject to Subchapter F, Chapter 52 of this code, commonly known as the Relinquishment Act, is acquired by a department, board, or agency of the state, the land shall be leased as provided by Chapter 52 of this code for the leasing of unsold public school land.
     (e) If title to land subject to Subchapter C, Chapter 53, of this code is acquired by a department, board, or agency of the state, the land shall be leased as provided by Chapter 53 of this code for the leasing of unsold surveyed public school lands.

Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 624, § 5, eff. Sept. 1, 1985. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 167, § 6.05(e), eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 642, § 2, eff. Aug. 26, 1991;

Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 897, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, § 22(50), eff. Sept. 1, 1995.