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  S.B. No. 702
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to certified and insured prescribed burn managers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 153.046, Natural Resources Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 153.046.  DUTIES. The board shall:
               (1)  establish standards for prescribed burning;
               (2)  develop a comprehensive training curriculum for
  certified and insured prescribed burn managers;
               (3)  establish standards for certification,
  recertification, and training for certified and insured prescribed
  burn managers;
               (4)  establish minimum education and professional
  requirements for instructors for the approved curriculum; and
               (5)  establish [minimum] insurance requirements for
  certified and insured prescribed burn managers in amounts not less
  than those required by Section 153.082.
         SECTION 2.  The heading to Section 153.048, Natural
  Resources Code, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 153.048.  CERTIFIED AND INSURED [CERTIFICATION OF]
  PRESCRIBED BURN MANAGERS.
         SECTION 3.  Subsections (a) and (b), Section 153.048,
  Natural Resources Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Minimum standards established by the board for
  certification as a certified and insured prescribed burn manager
  must require the completion of the approved training curriculum to
  be developed and promulgated by the board and taught by an approved
  instructor.
         (b)  The board shall certify a person as a certified and
  insured prescribed burn manager if the person:
               (1)  applies to the board for certification;
               (2)  demonstrates completion of an approved training
  program by an approved instructor; [and]
               (3)  pays a fee to the board in an amount determined by
  the board; and
               (4)  meets the insurance requirements established by
  the board under Section 153.046.
         SECTION 4.  Subsection (f), Section 352.081, Local
  Government Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (f)  This section does not apply to outdoor burning
  activities:
               (1)  related to public health and safety that are
  authorized by the Texas [Natural Resource Conservation] Commission
  on Environmental Quality for:
                     (A)  firefighter training;
                     (B)  public utility, natural gas pipeline, or
  mining operations; or
                     (C)  planting or harvesting of agriculture crops;
  or
               (2)  that are conducted by a certified and insured
  prescribed burn manager certified under Section 153.048, Natural
  Resources Code, and meet the standards of Section 153.047, Natural
  Resources Code.
         SECTION 5.  Not later than November 1, 2013, the Prescribed
  Burning Board shall establish insurance requirements under Section
  153.046, Natural Resources Code, as amended by this Act.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 702 passed the Senate on
  March 13, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 702 passed the House on
  May 17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 131, Nays 3, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor