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  S.B. No. 1992
  relating to the regulation of automotive wrecking and salvage yards
  in certain counties; providing a civil penalty.
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 397, Transportation Code, is amended by
  adding Section 397.0125 to read as follows:
         Sec. 397.0125.  CIVIL PENALTY.  (a)  In addition to the
  penalty provided by Section 397.012, a person who operates an
  automotive wrecking and salvage yard in violation of this chapter
  is liable for a civil penalty of not less than $500 or more than
  $1,000 for each violation. A separate penalty may be imposed for
  each day a continuing violation occurs.
         (b)  The district or county attorney for the county, or the
  municipal attorney of the municipality, in which the violation is
  alleged to have occurred may bring suit to collect the penalty.
         (c)  A penalty collected under this section by a district or
  county attorney shall be deposited in the county treasury. A
  penalty collected under this section by a municipal attorney shall
  be deposited in the municipal treasury.
         SECTION 2.  Subsection (a), Section 397.014, Transportation
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A person, county, or municipality is entitled to an
  injunction to prohibit a violation or threatened violation of this
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to a violation of Chapter 397, Transportation Code, that occurs on
  or after the effective date of this Act. A violation of that
  chapter that occurred before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect when the violation occurred, and the
  former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1992 passed the Senate on
  April 21, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1992 passed the House on
  May 26, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 145, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House