Legislation related to Sugar Land 95 clears Senate, awaits Governor's signature (5/23/19)
UPDATE: Governor Abbott Signs HB 4179 into law on Friday, June 7.
Legislation that would allow Fort Bend County to own and operate the abandoned cemetery discovered at the site of Fort Bend ISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center cleared the Senate this week, and is now awaiting the Governor’s signature in order to become law. House Bill 4179, amends state statute to allow counties with a population of more than 550,000 that border a county with a population of more than 3.3 million to own, operate and maintain a cemetery. Currently, the Health and Safety Code allows cities and smaller counties to operate cemeteries.
Fort Bend ISD is grateful for the Senate vote, and thankful that the Texas Legislature supports the efforts of Fort Bend ISD, Fort Bend County and the City of Sugar Land in finding a solution that memorializes the importance and historical significance of the discovery of the Sugar Land 95.
Meanwhile, negotiations continue with the County regarding future memorialization and reinterment of the 95 individuals.
Earlier in May, the FBISD Board of Trustees adopted a locally-developed social studies standard related to the local history associated with the Sugar Land 95 and convict leasing.