GOVERNMENT CODE


TITLE 8. PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS


SUBTITLE A. PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE TO PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS


For expiration of this chapter, see Section 807.101.


CHAPTER 807. PROHIBITION ON INVESTMENT IN IRAN


SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS


Sec. 807.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

(1) "Active business operations" means all business operations that are not inactive business operations.

(2) "Board" means the State Pension Review Board.

(3) "Business operations" means engaging in commerce in any form in Iran, including by acquiring, developing, maintaining, owning, selling, possessing, leasing, or operating equipment, facilities, personnel, products, services, personal property, real property, or any other apparatus of business or commerce.

(4) "Company" means a sole proprietorship, organization, association, corporation, partnership, joint venture, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, or other entity or business association whose securities are publicly traded, including a wholly owned subsidiary, majority-owned subsidiary, parent company, or affiliate of those entities or business associations, that exists to make a profit.

(5) "Direct holdings" means, with respect to a company, all securities of that company held directly by a state governmental entity in an account or fund in which a state governmental entity owns all shares or interests.

(6) "Inactive business operations" means the mere continued holding or renewal of rights to property previously operated to generate revenue but not presently deployed to generate revenue.

(7) "Indirect holdings" means, with respect to a company, all securities of that company held in an account or fund, such as a mutual fund, managed by one or more persons not employed by a state governmental entity, in which the state governmental entity owns shares or interests together with other investors not subject to the provisions of this chapter. The term does not include money invested under a plan described by Section 401(k) or 457 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

(8) "Listed company" means a company listed by the board under Section 807.051.

(9) "Military equipment" means weapons, arms, military supplies, and equipment that readily may be used for military purposes, including radar systems and military-grade transport vehicles.

(10) "Scrutinized company" means a company that engages in scrutinized business operations described by Section 807.002.

(11) "State governmental entity" means:

(A) the Employees Retirement System of Texas, including a retirement system administered by that system;

(B) the Teacher Retirement System of Texas;

(C) the Texas Municipal Retirement System;

(D) the Texas County and District Retirement System; and

(E) the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.002. SCRUTINIZED BUSINESS OPERATIONS. A company engages in scrutinized business operations if:

(1) the company has business operations that involve contracts with or providing supplies or services to the government of Iran, a company in which the government of Iran has any direct or indirect equity share, a consortium or project commissioned by the government of Iran, or a company involved in a consortium or project commissioned by the government of Iran; or

(2) the company supplies military equipment to Iran.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.003. EXCEPTION. Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter, a company that the United States government affirmatively declares to be excluded from its federal sanctions regime relating to Iran is not subject to divestment or the investment prohibition under this chapter.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.004. OTHER LEGAL OBLIGATIONS. With respect to actions taken in compliance with this chapter, including all good faith determinations regarding companies as required by this chapter, a state governmental entity is exempt from any conflicting statutory or common law obligations, including any obligations with respect to making investments, divesting from any investment, preparing or maintaining any list of companies, or choosing asset managers, investment funds, or investments for the state governmental entity's securities portfolios.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.005. INDEMNIFICATION OF STATE GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES, EMPLOYEES, AND OTHERS. In a cause of action based on an action, inaction, decision, divestment, investment, company communication, report, or other determination made or taken in connection with this chapter, the state shall, without regard to whether the person performed services for compensation, indemnify and hold harmless for actual damages, court costs, and attorney's fees adjudged against, and defend:

(1) an employee, a member of the governing body, or any other officer of a state governmental entity;

(2) a contractor of a state governmental entity;

(3) a former employee, a former member of the governing body, or any other former officer of a state governmental entity who was an employee or officer when the act or omission on which the damages are based occurred;

(4) a former contractor of a state governmental entity who was a contractor when the act or omission on which the damages are based occurred; and

(5) a state governmental entity.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.006. NO PRIVATE CAUSE OF ACTION. (a) A person, including a member, retiree, or beneficiary of a retirement system to which this chapter applies, an association, a research firm, a company, or any other person may not sue or pursue a private cause of action against the state, a state governmental entity, an employee, a member of the governing body, or any other officer of a state governmental entity, or a contractor of a state governmental entity, for any claim or cause of action, including breach of fiduciary duty, or for violation of any constitutional, statutory, or regulatory requirement in connection with any action, inaction, decision, divestment, investment, company communication, report, or other determination made or taken in connection with this chapter.

(b) A person who files suit against the state, a state governmental entity, an employee, a member of the governing body, or any other officer of a state governmental entity, or a contractor of a state governmental entity, is liable for paying the costs and attorney's fees of a person sued in violation of this section.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.007. INAPPLICABILITY OF REQUIREMENTS INCONSISTENT WITH FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATED DUTIES. A state governmental entity is not subject to a requirement of this chapter if the state governmental entity determines that the requirement would be inconsistent with its fiduciary responsibility with respect to the investment of entity assets or other duties imposed by law relating to the investment of entity assets, including the duty of care established under Section 67, Article XVI, Texas Constitution.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.008. RELIANCE ON COMPANY RESPONSE. The board and a state governmental entity may rely on a company's response to a notice or communication made under this chapter without conducting any further investigation, research, or inquiry.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

SUBCHAPTER B. DUTIES REGARDING INVESTMENTS


Sec. 807.051. LISTED COMPANIES. (a) The board shall prepare and maintain, and provide to each state governmental entity, a list of all scrutinized companies. In maintaining the list, the board may review and rely, as appropriate in the board's judgment, on publicly available information regarding companies with business operations in Iran, including information provided by the state, nonprofit organizations, research firms, international organizations, and governmental entities.

(b) The board shall update the list annually or more often as the board considers necessary, but not more often than quarterly, based on information from, among other sources, those listed in Subsection (a).

(c) Not later than the 30th day after the date the list of scrutinized companies is first provided or updated, the board shall file the list with the presiding officer of each house of the legislature and the attorney general.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.052. IDENTIFICATION OF INVESTMENT IN LISTED COMPANIES. Not later than the 30th day after the date a state governmental entity receives the list provided under Section 807.051, the state governmental entity shall notify the board of the listed companies in which the state governmental entity owns direct holdings or indirect holdings.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Amended by:

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 616 (S.B. 940), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2015.

Sec. 807.053. NOTICE TO LISTED COMPANY ENGAGED IN INACTIVE BUSINESS OPERATIONS. For each listed company identified under Section 807.052 that is engaged in only scrutinized inactive business operations, the state governmental entity shall send a written notice informing the company of this chapter and encouraging the company to continue to refrain from initiating active business operations in Iran until it is able to avoid being considered a listed company. The state governmental entity shall continue the correspondence as the entity, in its sole discretion, considers necessary, but is not required to initiate correspondence more often than semiannually.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.054. ACTIONS RELATING TO LISTED COMPANY ENGAGED IN ACTIVE BUSINESS OPERATIONS. (a) For each listed company identified under Section 807.052 that is engaged in scrutinized active business operations, the state governmental entity shall send a written notice informing the company of its listed company status and warning the company that it may become subject to divestment by state governmental entities.

(b) The notice must offer the company the opportunity to clarify its Iran-related activities and must encourage the company, not later than the 90th day after the date the company receives notice under this section, to either cease its scrutinized business operations or convert the operations to inactive business operations in order to avoid qualifying for divestment by state governmental entities.

(c) If, during the time provided by Subsection (b), the company ceases scrutinized business operations, the board shall remove the company from the list maintained under Section 807.051 and this chapter will no longer apply to the company unless it resumes scrutinized business operations.

(d) If, during the time provided by Subsection (b), the company converts its scrutinized active business operations to inactive business operations, the company is subject to all provisions of this chapter relating to inactive business operations.

(e) If, after the time provided by Subsection (b) expires, the company continues to have scrutinized active business operations, the state governmental entity shall sell, redeem, divest, or withdraw all publicly traded securities of the company, except securities described by Section 807.056, according to the schedule provided by Section 807.055.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.055. DIVESTMENT OF ASSETS. (a) A state governmental entity required to sell, redeem, divest, or withdraw all publicly traded securities of a listed company shall comply with the following schedule:

(1) at least 50 percent of those assets must be removed from the state governmental entity's assets under management not later than the 270th day after the date the company receives notice under Section 807.054 or Subsection (b) unless the state governmental entity determines, based on a good faith exercise of its fiduciary discretion and subject to Subdivision (2), that a later date is more prudent; and

(2) 100 percent of those assets must be removed from the state governmental entity's assets under management not later than the 450th day after the date the company receives notice under Section 807.054 or Subsection (b).

(b) If a company that ceased scrutinized active business operations after receiving notice under Section 807.054 resumes scrutinized active business operations, the state governmental entity shall send a written notice to the company informing it that the state governmental entity will sell, redeem, divest, or withdraw all publicly traded securities of the scrutinized company according to the schedule in Subsection (a).

(c) Except as provided by Subsection (a), a state governmental entity may delay the schedule for divestment under that subsection only to the extent that the state governmental entity determines, in the state governmental entity's good faith judgment, that divestment from listed companies will likely result in a loss in value or a benchmark deviation described by Section 807.057(a). If a state governmental entity delays the schedule for divestment, the state governmental entity shall submit a report to the presiding officer of each house of the legislature and the attorney general stating the reasons and justification for the state governmental entity's delay in divestment from listed companies. The report must include documentation supporting its determination that the divestment would result in a loss in value or benchmark deviation described by Section 807.057(a), including objective numerical estimates. The state governmental entity shall update the report every six months.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.056. INVESTMENTS EXEMPTED FROM DIVESTMENT. A state governmental entity is not required to divest from any indirect holdings in actively or passively managed investment funds or private equity funds. The state governmental entity shall submit letters to the managers of investment funds containing listed companies requesting that they consider removing those companies from the fund or create a similar actively or passively managed fund with indirect holdings devoid of listed companies. If the manager creates a similar fund with substantially the same management fees and same level of investment risk and anticipated return, the state governmental entity may replace all applicable investments with investments in the similar fund in a time frame consistent with prudent fiduciary standards.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.057. AUTHORIZED INVESTMENT IN LISTED COMPANIES. (a) A state governmental entity may cease divesting from or may reinvest in one or more listed companies if clear and convincing evidence shows that:

(1) the state governmental entity has suffered or will suffer a loss in the hypothetical value of all assets under management by the state governmental entity as a result of having to divest from listed companies under this chapter; or

(2) an individual portfolio that uses a benchmark-aware strategy would be subject to an aggregate expected deviation from its benchmark as a result of having to divest from listed companies under this chapter.

(b) A state governmental entity may cease divesting from or may reinvest in a listed company as provided by this section only to the extent necessary to ensure that the state governmental entity does not suffer a loss in value or deviate from its benchmark as described by Subsection (a).

(c) Before a state governmental entity may cease divesting from or may reinvest in a listed company under this section, the state governmental entity must provide a written report to the presiding officer of each house of the legislature and the attorney general setting forth the reason and justification, supported by clear and convincing evidence, for its decisions to cease divestment, to reinvest, or to remain invested in a listed company.

(d) The state governmental entity shall update the report required by Subsection (c) semiannually, as applicable.

(e) This section does not apply to reinvestment in a company that is no longer a listed company.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.058. PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS. Except as provided by Sections 807.003 and 807.057, a state governmental entity may not acquire securities of a listed company.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

SUBCHAPTER C. EXPIRATION; REPORT; ENFORCEMENT


Sec. 807.101. EXPIRATION OF CHAPTER. This chapter expires on the earlier of:

(1) the date the United States revokes its sanctions against the government of Iran; or

(2) the date the United States Congress or the president of the United States, through legislation or executive order, declares that mandatory divestment of the type provided for in this chapter interferes with the conduct of United States foreign policy.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.102. REPORT. Not later than December 31 of each year, each state governmental entity shall file a publicly available report with the presiding officer of each house of the legislature and the attorney general that:

(1) identifies all securities sold, redeemed, divested, or withdrawn in compliance with Section 807.055;

(2) identifies all prohibited investments under Section 807.058; and

(3) summarizes any changes made under Section 807.056.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.

Sec. 807.103. ENFORCEMENT. The attorney general may bring any action necessary to enforce this chapter.

Added by Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1152 (S.B. 200), Sec. 14(a), eff. January 1, 2014.