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  H.B. No. 2004
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to a limitation on liability and sanctions in connection
  with certain prescribed burns.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 153, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 153.084 to read as follows:
         Sec. 153.084.  LIMITATION OF BURN BOSS LIABILITY. (a) In
  this section, "burn boss" has the meaning assigned by Section
  153.083.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), if a burn boss is a
  certified and insured prescribed burn manager under Section
  153.048, the burn boss is not liable for property damage, personal
  injury, or death caused by or resulting from smoke that occurs more
  than 300 feet from the burn.
         (c)  This section does not apply to a burn boss who commits
  gross negligence or intentionally causes property damage, personal
  injury, or death.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter D, Chapter 153, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 153.1025 to read as follows:
         Sec. 153.1025.  CERTAIN DISCIPLINARY ACTION PROHIBITED.
  Notwithstanding Section 153.102 or any other law, the department or
  another state agency may not take disciplinary action against a
  certified and insured prescribed burn manager in relation to a
  prescribed burn conducted in accordance with this chapter on the
  basis that the burn resulted in emissions or is a nuisance.
         SECTION 3.  Section 153.084, Natural Resources Code, as
  added by this Act, applies only to a cause of action that accrues on
  or after the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2021.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2004 was passed by the House on April
  13, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 1, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2004 was passed by the Senate on May
  19, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor