HBA-NLM H.B. 336 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 336 By: Seaman County Affairs 4/11/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, coastal counties have specific authority in regard to activity on beaches, however, those counties are not authorized to make general ordinances for public beaches. H.B. 336 creates Subchapter E (Regulation of Activity on Beaches), Chapter 240, Local Government Code, authorizing the commissioners courts of those counties to enact ordinances to regulate activity on beaches for the purpose of protecting the public health or safety. In addition, this bill provides that a person commits a Class C misdemeanor if the person violates a restriction or prohibition imposed by an ordinance adopted under this chapter. 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 Chapter 240, Local Government Code, by adding Subchapter E, as follows: SUBCHAPTER E. REGULATION OF ACTIVITY ON BEACHES Sec. 240.081. APPLICATION OF CHAPTER TO COASTAL COUNTIES. Provides that this chapter applies only to a county that borders the Gulf of Mexico. Sec. 240.082. ORDINANCE-MAKING POWER. Authorizes the commissioners court of the county to enact ordinances to regulate activity on beaches for the purpose of protecting the public health or safety. Specifies that ordinances adopted under this chapter must be consistent with state law and apply only to the unincorporated area of the county. Sec. 240.083. MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE PREVAILS OVER COUNTY ORDINANCE. Provides that in the event of conflict, a municipal ordinance prevails over an ordinance adopted under this chapter to the extent of the conflict. Sec. 240.084. EXISTING COUNTY AUTHORITY UNAFFECTED. Specifies that the authority granted by this chapter bears no impact on the authority of the commissioners court to adopt an order or ordinance under other law. Sec. 240.085. INJUNCTION. Entitles a county to appropriate injunctive relief to prevent or stop violation or threatened violation of an ordinance adopted under this chapter, in a suit brought by the county attorney or prosecuting attorney representing the county in district court. Sec. 240.086. PENALTY. Provides that a person commits a Class C misdemeanor if the person violates a restriction or prohibition imposed by an ordinance adopted under this chapter. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.