Tex. Occ. Code Section 2035.054


Before entry of a final judgment in the contest proceedings, any party may move that the court dismiss the contestant’s action unless the contestant posts a bond with sufficient surety, approved by the court, payable to the movant for the payment of all damages and costs that may accrue as a result of the delay caused by the contestant’s continued participation in the proceedings if the contestant fails to finally prevail and obtain substantially the judgment prayed for in the petition.


If a motion is made under this section, the court shall issue an order directed to the contestant that:


is served personally or by registered mail on all parties, or on their attorneys of record, together with a copy of the motion; and


requires the contestant to:


appear at the time and place, not sooner than five days and not later than 10 days after the receipt of the order and motion, as the court may direct; and


show cause why the motion should not be granted.


Motions involving more than one contestant may be heard together at the court’s direction.


Unless at the hearing on the motion the contestant establishes facts that in the court’s judgment would entitle the contestant to a temporary injunction against issuance of the license based on the election in question, the court shall:


grant the movant’s motion; and


in the court’s order, subject to Subsection (e), set the bond to be posted by the contestant in an amount the court finds to be sufficient to cover all damages and costs that may accrue as described by Subsection (a).


The maximum bond that the court may set is:


$100,000 for an election contest for a racetrack to be located in a county that has a population of 1.3 million or more and in which a municipality with a population of more than one million is primarily located; or


$10,000 for an election contest for a racetrack to be located in any other county.
Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 963 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 1.01, eff. April 1, 2019.

Source: Section 2035.054 — Bond, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/OC/htm/OC.­2035.­htm#2035.­054 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 2035.054’s source at texas​.gov