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  S.B. No. 1959
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the maritime port plans, reports, and programs prepared
  by the Port Authority Advisory Committee.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 55.007(a), Transportation Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  The committee shall:
               (1)  prepare the [a] maritime port mission plan
  described by Section 55.008;
               (2)  review each project eligible to be funded under
  this chapter and make recommendations for approval or disapproval
  to the department; and
               (3)  [every two years prepare a report on Texas
  maritime ports, with a list of projects that have been recommended
  by the committee, including:
                     [(A)     the recommended funding level for each
  project; and
                     [(B)     if staged implementation of the project is
  appropriate, the funding requirements for each stage; and
               [(4)]  advise the commission and the department on
  matters relating to port authorities.
         SECTION 2.  Section 55.008, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 55.008.  MARITIME PORT MISSION PLAN [CAPITAL PROGRAM].
  (a)  The committee shall prepare a two-year maritime port mission
  plan [capital program] defining the goals and objectives of the
  committee concerning the development of maritime port facilities
  and an intermodal transportation system.  The plan [port capital
  program] must include projects or studies submitted to the
  committee by any maritime port and recommendations for:
               (1)  the construction of transportation facilities
  connecting any maritime port to another transportation mode; and
               (2)  the efficient, cost-effective development of
  transportation facilities or maritime port facilities for the
  purpose of:
                     (A)  enhancing international trade;
                     (B)  enhancing security;
                     (C)  promoting cargo flow;
                     (D)  increasing cruise passenger movements;
                     (E)  increasing maritime port revenues; and
                     (F)  providing economic benefits to the state.
         (b)  The committee shall update the maritime port mission
  plan [capital program] and shall submit the updated plan [capital
  program] not later than December 1 of each even-numbered year to:
               (1)  the governor;
               (2)  the lieutenant governor;
               (3)  the speaker of the house of representatives; and
               (4)  the commission.
         SECTION 3.  Section 55.007(b), Transportation Code, is
  repealed.
         SECTION 4.  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 hereby certify that S.B. No. 1959 passed the Senate on
  April 26, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1959 passed the House on
  May 9, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 138, Nays 0, two present
  not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor