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  H.B. No. 1140
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to fees for vehicles stored at vehicle storage facilities;
  authorizing fee increases and decreases; eliminating a fee;
  eliminating a minimum fee.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Sections 2303.155(a) and (b), Occupations Code,
  are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  For the purposes of this section, "governmental vehicle
  storage facility" means a garage, parking lot, or other facility
  that is:
               (1) [(A)]  owned by a governmental entity; and
               (2) [(B)]  used to store or park at least 10 vehicles
  each year.
         (b)  The operator of a vehicle storage facility or
  governmental vehicle storage facility may charge the owner of a
  vehicle stored or parked at the facility:
               (1)  a notification fee set in a reasonable amount for
  providing notice under this subchapter, including notice under
  Section 2303.154(c);
               (2)  an impoundment fee of $20, subject to Section
  2303.1552, for any action that:
                     (A)  is taken by or at the direction of the owner
  or operator of the facility; and
                     (B)  is necessary to preserve, protect, or service
  a vehicle stored or parked at the facility;
               (3)  a daily storage fee, subject to Section 2303.1552,
  of:
                     (A)  [not less than $5 and not more than] $20 for
  each day or part of a day the vehicle is stored at the facility if
  the vehicle is not longer than 25 feet; or
                     (B)  $35 for each day or part of a day the vehicle
  is stored at the facility if the vehicle is longer than 25 feet; and
               (4)  any fee that is required to be submitted to a law
  enforcement agency, the agency's authorized agent, or a
  governmental entity [; and
               
               [(5)     a fee in an amount set by the commission for the
  remediation, recovery, or capture of an environmental or biological
  hazard].
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 2303, Occupations Code, is
  amended by adding Section 2303.1552 to read as follows:
         Sec. 2303.1552.  BIENNIAL ADJUSTMENT OF CERTAIN FEES. (a)
  In this section, "consumer price index" means the Consumer Price
  Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) published by the Bureau of
  Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor.
         (b)  Each odd-numbered year, the commission, not later than
  November 1:
               (1)  by rule may adjust the impoundment fee under
  Section 2303.155(b)(2) and the storage fees under Section
  2303.155(b)(3) by an amount equal to the amount of the applicable
  fee in effect on December 31 of the preceding year multiplied by the
  percentage increase or decrease in the consumer price index during
  the preceding state fiscal biennium; and
               (2)  if the fees are adjusted under Subdivision (1),
  shall publish the adjusted fees on the department's Internet
  website.
         (c)  A fee adjusted under Subsection (b) is effective
  beginning the January 1 following the adoption of a rule under that
  subsection.
         (d)  If a fee is decreased under this section, the operator
  of a vehicle storage facility or governmental vehicle storage
  facility, as defined by Section 2303.155, shall begin charging the
  adjusted fee on the effective date of the decrease. If a fee is
  increased under this section, the operator may begin charging the
  adjusted fee at any time on or after the effective date of the
  increase.
         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, 2019.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1140 was passed by the House on April
  25, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 118, Nays 13, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1140 on May 24, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 125, Nays 17,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1140 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 21, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor