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  S.B. No. 1499
  relating to the funding of certain port projects.
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Chapter 55, Transportation Code,
  is amended to read as follows:
         SECTION 2.  Sections 55.001(4-a) and (5), Transportation
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
               (4-a)  "Port connectivity [access improvement]
  project" means the construction or improvement of public roadways
  that will enhance connectivity to ports.
               (5)  "Port development and infrastructure [security,
  transportation, or facility] project" means an infrastructure,
  security, transportation, or facility [a] project that is necessary
  or convenient for the proper operation of a maritime port and that
  will improve the security, movement, and intermodal transportation
  of cargo or passengers in commerce and trade.
         SECTION 3.  Section 55.002, Transportation Code, is amended
  by amending Subsections (a), (c), and (e) and adding Subsection (f)
  to read as follows:
         (a)  From money in the fund, the department shall fund:
               (1)  port development and infrastructure [security,
  transportation, or facility] projects; and
               (2)  maritime port studies.
         (c)  Port development and infrastructure [security,
  transportation, or facility] projects eligible for funding under
  this chapter include:
               (1)  construction or improvement of transportation
  facilities within the jurisdiction of a maritime port;
               (2)  the dredging or deepening of channels, turning
  basins, or harbors;
               (3)  the construction or improvement of wharves, docks,
  structures, jetties, piers, storage facilities, cruise terminals,
  or [any] facilities necessary or useful, as determined by the
  committee, in connection with maritime port transportation or
  economic development;
               (4)  the construction or improvement of facilities
  necessary or useful in providing maritime port security;
               (5)  the acquisition of container cranes or other
  mechanized equipment used in the movement of cargo or passengers in
  [international] commerce and trade;
               (6)  the acquisition of land to be used for maritime
  port purposes;
               (7)  the acquisition, improvement, enlargement, or
  extension of existing maritime port facilities; and
               (8)  environmental protection projects that:
                     (A)  are required as a condition of a state,
  federal, or local environmental permit or other form of approval;
                     (B)  are necessary for the acquisition of spoil
  disposal sites and improvements to existing and future spoil sites;
                     (C)  result from the undertaking of eligible
         (e)  The commission may use money from the Texas Mobility
  Fund to provide funding for a port connectivity [access
  improvement] project.
         (f)  An applicant eligible for funding under this section may
  not receive more than 20 percent of the total amount of money
  appropriated to the department in a fiscal biennium to fund the
  applicant's eligible projects under this section.
         SECTION 4.  Section 55.005, Transportation Code, as added by
  Section 1, Chapter 1268 (S.B. 1282), Acts of the 77th Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2001, is reenacted and amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 55.005.  PORT ACCESS ACCOUNT FUND.  (a)  The port access
  account fund is an account in the general revenue fund.
         (b)  The following money shall be credited to the fund:
               (1)  money received from gifts, grants, and donations;
               (2)  interest earned on deposits and investments of the
               (3)  money appropriated to the fund by the legislature;
               (4)  money received from the federal government.
         (c)  Money in the fund may be appropriated only to the
  department to perform the department's powers and duties concerning
  maritime port transportation and economic development under this
  chapter and to pay the department's expenses incurred under this
  chapter, as approved by the committee.
         (c-1)  Money appropriated by the legislature under
  Subsection (b)(3) may only be used to fund eligible port
  development and infrastructure projects under Section 55.002.
         (d)  The financial transactions of the fund are subject to
  audit by the state auditor.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2023.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1499 passed the Senate on
  April 3, 2023, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that the
  Senate concurred in House amendment on May 16, 2023, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1499 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 11, 2023, by the following vote: Yeas 131,
  Nays 9, one present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House