Bill Text: TX SB665 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the authority of coastal counties to adopt certain rules for island parks, beach parks, and public beaches; creating a criminal offense.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-17 - Co-author authorized [SB665 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB665-Introduced.html
  86R8969 SCL-F
 
  By: Kolkhorst S.B. No. 665
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the authority of coastal counties to adopt certain
  rules for island parks, beach parks, and public beaches; creating a
  criminal offense.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 321, Local Government Code, is amended
  by adding Subchapter E to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER E.  COASTAL COUNTY ISLAND PARK, BEACH PARK, AND PUBLIC
  BEACH RULES
         Sec. 321.101.  APPLICABILITY. Notwithstanding Section
  321.001, this subchapter applies only to:
               (1)  a county described by Section 321.001; and
               (2)  a county that borders on the Gulf of Mexico and has
  within its boundaries a beach that:
                     (A)  is wholly or partly operated by the county as
  a park; or
                     (B)  is otherwise controlled or maintained by the
  county.
         Sec. 321.102.  RULES.  The commissioners court of a county by
  order may adopt reasonable rules on camping, access, litter,
  resource protection, or waste disposal in the following locations
  controlled or maintained by the county:
               (1)  an island park;
               (2)  a beach park; or
               (3)  any part of a public beach.
         Sec. 321.103.  OFFENSE.  (a)  A person commits an offense if
  the person violates a rule adopted under Section 321.102.
         (b)  An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
         SECTION 2.  The heading to Chapter 321, Local Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 321. [PARKS BOARD AND PARK BONDS:] ISLAND PARKS, BEACH
  PARKS, AND PUBLIC BEACHES OF COASTAL COUNTIES
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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