H.B. No. 555
  relating to certain criminal offenses for violations of the law
  regulating metal recycling entities.
         SECTION 1.  Section 1956.040(a-2), Occupations Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a-2)  An offense under Subsection (a-1) is a Class A
  misdemeanor, except that any [punishable by a] fine imposed may not
  [to] exceed $10,000. If [, unless] it is shown on trial of an [the]
  offense under Subsection (a-1) that the person has previously been
  convicted of a violation of that subsection, [Subsection (a-1), in
  which event] the offense is a state jail felony.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter E, Chapter 1956, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 1956.204 to read as follows:
         Sec. 1956.204.  GENERAL CRIMINAL PENALTY. (a) A person
  commits an offense if the person violates this chapter or a rule
  adopted under this chapter, including a rule, charter, or ordinance
  adopted, an order issued, or a standard imposed by a county,
  municipality, or political subdivision under Section 1956.003.
         (b)  An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
         (c)  If conduct that constitutes an offense under this
  section also constitutes an offense under another section in this
  chapter, the person may be prosecuted only under that other
         SECTION 3.  The change in law made by this Act applies only
  to an offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act.
  An offense committed before the effective date of this Act is
  governed by the law in effect on the date the offense was committed,
  and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For
  purposes of this section, an offense was committed before the
  effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurred
  before that date.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 555 was passed by the House on May 7,
  2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 133, Nays 8, 3 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 555 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________