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  H.B. No. 1919
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
 
 
  relating to the applicability of certain provisions concerning
  invasive species.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 66.007, Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (n) to read as follows:
         (n)  A water transfer described by this subsection is not a
  violation of this section. The department may not require a permit
  under this section for a water transfer described by this
  subsection. This subsection applies to a water transfer that meets
  the following criteria:
               (1)  the transfer is through a water supply system,
  including a related water conveyance, storage, or distribution
  facility;
               (2)  the transfer is undertaken by a utility owned by a
  political subdivision, including a water district or municipality;
  and
               (3)  the transfer is described by one or more of the
  following:
                     (A)  a transfer from a water body in which there is
  no known exotic harmful or potentially harmful fish or shellfish
  population;
                     (B)  a transfer of water into a water body in which
  there is a known exotic harmful or potentially harmful fish or
  shellfish population; 
                     (C)  a transfer of water directly to a water
  treatment facility;
                     (D)  a transfer of water that has been treated
  prior to the transfer into a water body; or
                     (E)  a transfer of water from a reservoir or
  through a dam to address flood control or to meet water supply
  requirements or environmental flow purposes, provided that a person
  making a transfer of water described by this paragraph from a body
  of water in which there is a known exotic harmful or potentially
  harmful fish or shellfish population notifies the department
  annually in writing before the proposed transfer occurs.
         SECTION 2.  Section 66.0072, Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (g) to read as follows:
         (g)  A water transfer described by this subsection is not a
  violation of this section. The department may not require a permit
  under this section for a water transfer described by this
  subsection. This subsection applies to a water transfer that meets
  the following criteria:
               (1)  the transfer is through a water supply system,
  including a related water conveyance, storage, or distribution
  facility;
               (2)  the transfer is undertaken by a utility owned by a
  political subdivision, including a water district or municipality;
  and
               (3)  the transfer is described by one or more of the
  following:
                     (A)  a transfer from a water body in which there is
  no known exotic harmful or potentially harmful aquatic plant
  population;
                     (B)  a transfer of water into a water body in which
  there is a known exotic harmful or potentially harmful aquatic
  plant population; 
                     (C)  a transfer of water directly to a water
  treatment facility; 
                     (D)  a transfer of water that has been treated
  prior to the transfer into a water body; or
                     (E)  a transfer of water from a reservoir or
  through a dam to address flood control or to meet water supply
  requirements or environmental flow purposes, provided that a person
  making a transfer of water described by this paragraph from a body
  of water in which there is a known exotic harmful or potentially
  harmful aquatic plant population notifies the department annually
  in writing before the proposed transfer occurs.
         SECTION 3.  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, 2015.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1919 was passed by the House on May 5,
  2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 145, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1919 on May 22, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 128, Nays 3,
  2 present, not voting, and that the House adopted H.C.R. No. 138
  authorizing certain corrections in H.B. No. 1919 on May 28, 2015, by
  the following vote: Yeas 141, Nays 0, 2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1919 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 20, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  0, and that the Senate adopted H.C.R. No. 138 authorizing certain
  corrections in H.B. No. 1919 on May 31, 2015, by the following vote:
  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor