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  H.B. No. 1305
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the issuance of oversize or overweight vehicle permits
  by certain port authorities.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 623.210, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 623.210.  OPTIONAL PROCEDURE. This subchapter provides
  an optional procedure for the issuance of a permit for the movement
  of oversize or overweight vehicles carrying cargo on state highways
  located in counties contiguous to the Gulf of Mexico or a bay or
  inlet opening into the gulf and:
               (1)  adjacent to at least two counties with a
  population of 550,000 or more; or
               (2)  bordering the United Mexican States.
         SECTION 2.  Section 623.211, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 623.211.  DEFINITION. In this subchapter, "port
  authority" means a port authority or navigation district created or
  operating under Section 52, Article III, or Section 59, Article
  XVI, Texas Constitution.
         SECTION 3.  Section 623.212, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 623.212.  PERMITS BY PORT AUTHORITY. The department
  may authorize a port authority to issue permits for the movement of
  oversize or overweight vehicles carrying cargo on state highways
  located in counties contiguous to the Gulf of Mexico or a bay or
  inlet opening into the gulf and:
               (1)  adjacent to at least two counties with a
  population of 550,000 or more; or
               (2)  bordering the United Mexican States.
         SECTION 4.  Section 623.219, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 623.219.  ROUTE DESIGNATION. (a) For a permit issued
  by a port authority located in a county that borders the United
  Mexican States, the [The] commission shall, with the consent of the
  port authority, designate the most direct route from the Gateway
  International Bridge or the Veterans International Bridge at Los
  Tomates to the entrance of the Port of Brownsville using State
  Highways 48 and 4 or United States Highways 77 and 83 or using
  United States Highway 77 and United States Highway 83, East Loop
  Corridor, and State Highway 4.
         (b)  For a permit issued by a port authority located in a
  county that is adjacent to at least two counties with a population
  of 550,000 or more, the commission shall, with the consent of the
  port authority, designate the most direct route from:
               (1)  the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 523 and
  Moller Road to the entrance of Port Freeport using Farm-to-Market
  Roads 523 and 1495;
               (2)  the intersection of State Highway 288 and Chlorine
  Road to the entrance of Port Freeport using State Highway 288; and
               (3)  the intersection of State Highway 288 and Chlorine
  Road to the entrance of Port Freeport using State Highways 288 and
  332 and Farm-to-Market Roads 523 and 1495.
         (c)  If the commission designates a route or changes the
  route designated under this section, the commission shall notify
  the port authority of the route not later than the 60th day before
  the date that the designation takes effect.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1305 was passed by the House on April
  7, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1305 was passed by the Senate on May
  24, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor