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  S.B. No. 28
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the financing of ports in the state.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 55.001, Transportation Code, is amended
  by adding Subdivision (4-a) to read as follows:
               (4-a)  "Port access improvement project" means the
  construction or improvement of public roadways that will enhance
  connectivity to ports.
         SECTION 2.  Section 55.002(e), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (e)  The commission may use money from the Texas Mobility
  Fund to provide funding for a port access improvement project[,
  including through a loan, for a port security project, a port
  transportation project, or a project eligible for funding under
  Subsection (c)].
         SECTION 3.  Section 55.006(a), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The committee consists of nine [seven] members
  appointed [by the commission. The members shall be appointed] as
  follows:
               (1)  one member from the Port of Houston Authority
  appointed by the commission;
               (2)  three members who represent maritime ports on the
  upper Texas coast appointed by the commission; [and]
               (3)  three members who represent maritime ports on the
  lower Texas coast appointed by the commission;
               (4)  one member appointed by the lieutenant governor;
  and
               (5)  one member appointed by the speaker of the house of
  representatives.
         SECTION 4.  Subtitle A, Title 4, Transportation Code, is
  amended by adding Chapter 56 to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 56.  FUNDING OF SHIP CHANNEL IMPROVEMENTS
         Sec. 56.001.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:
               (1)  "Commission" means the Texas Transportation
  Commission.
               (2)  "Fund" means the ship channel improvement
  revolving fund.
               (3)  "Navigation district" means a navigation district
  created under Section 52, Article III, or Section 59, Article XVI,
  Texas Constitution, and operating under Chapter 60, 61, 62, or 63,
  Water Code.
         Sec. 56.002.  SHIP CHANNEL IMPROVEMENT REVOLVING FUND.
  (a)  The ship channel improvement revolving fund is an account in
  the general revenue fund.  The fund is administered by the
  commission.
         (b)  The following money shall be credited to the fund:
               (1)  money the commission receives as a gift, grant, or
  donation for a purpose of this chapter;
               (2)  money appropriated to the commission for the
  purposes of this chapter;
               (3)  money received by the commission for the repayment
  of a loan made by the program established under Section 56.003; and
               (4)  interest earned on deposits and investments of the
  fund.
         (c)  Money in the fund may be appropriated only to the
  commission for the purposes of administering the fund and the
  program established under Section 56.003.
         (d)  The financial transactions of the fund are subject to
  audit by the state auditor.
         Sec. 56.003.  REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM. (a)  The commission
  by rule shall establish a revolving loan program to use money from
  the fund to finance qualified projects for navigation districts.
         (b)  To be a qualified project, a project must:
               (1)  deepen or widen a ship channel;
               (2)  be authorized by the United States Congress; and
               (3)  meet any other standards provided by commission
  rule.
         (c)  A project for maintenance dredging is not a qualified
  project under this section.
         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, 2017.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 28 passed the Senate on
  March 30, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 28 passed the House on
  May 16, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, one
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor