HBA-CBW H.B. 2793 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2793 By: Eiland Land & Resource Management 4/4/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a qualified project partner may enter into an agreement with the commissioner of the General Land Office to study coastal erosion. However, the statutes require the qualified project partner to pay at least 25 percent of the cost of the study. This shared cost may be burdensome for some qualified partners to participate in the study. House Bill 2793 reduces the shared cost portion for a qualified project partner to at least15 percent. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 2793 amends the Natural Resources Code to provide that an agreement between the commissioner of the General Land Office and a qualified project partner to undertake a coastal erosion response study or project must require the qualified project partner to pay at least 15 percent, rather than 25 percent of the shared project cost. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.