H.B. No. 2610
  relating to the term for a lease of land owned by certain navigation
         SECTION 1.  Section 60.039, Water Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (a) and adding Subsection (c) to read as
         (a)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), the [The]
  commission may lease the surface of land for not more than 50 years
  by the entry of an order on the minutes of the commission and the
  execution of a lease in the manner provided by the original order.  
  The lease may not be extended beyond the 50-year period by renewal,
  extension, or otherwise.
         (c)  This subsection applies only to a district that operates
  a port in this state that is wholly located in a county that borders
  the Gulf of Mexico and that is adjacent to a county that contains an
  international border and borders the Gulf of Mexico.  The district
  may lease the surface of land for not more than 99 years or may
  extend a lease to a period not to exceed 99 years only if:
               (1)  the lease conveys an interest in the surface of the
  land for residential purposes only;
               (2)  at the time the lease will be entered into or
  extended, the district has not less than 50 leases in effect that
  convey an interest in the land surface for residential purposes
  only; and
               (3)  any part of the land owned by the district is
  subdivided into lots intended for residential use.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2610 was passed by the House on May 4,
  2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, 2 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2610 was passed by the Senate on May
  22, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________