HBA-NIK H.B. 2572 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2572 By: Junell Land & Resource Management 4/1/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, a municipality with a population of 250,000 or less owning land within 5,000 feet of a lake may sell the land to the current lessee without notice or solicitation of bids. The City of San Angelo is in the process of selling lots on Lake Nasworthy. In order for the city to maintain its municipal water supply, H.B. 2572 allows a municipality to reserve all or part of the riparian rights associated with land sold under this subsection. Riparian rights are "the rights of owners of land on the banks of watercourses, relating to the water, its use, ownership of soil under the stream, accretions, etc." (Black's Law Dictionary, Abridged Sixth Edition). RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 272.001(h), Local Government Code, to authorize the municipality to reserve all or part of the riparian rights associated with land sold under this subsection to protect the public health, safety, or welfare and to ensure an adequate municipal water supply. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.