HBA-MSH S.B. 634 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 634 By: Bernsen County Affairs 4/18/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law authorizes commissioners courts in coastal counties to prohibit littering in their unincorporated areas. Strict enforcement of littering penalties, beach clean-up days, and providing trash bags to the public have proven unsuccessful in keeping the beaches free of litter and safe for public use. Glass containers are a significant part of the litter problem, and pose safety problems when broken. Senate Bill 634 authorizes the commissioners court of a county bordering on the Gulf of Mexico to prohibit the use of glass containers on beaches in unincorporated areas. 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 Senate Bill 634 amends the Natural Resources Code to authorize the commissioners court of a county bordering on the Gulf of Mexico or its tidewater limits to prohibit the use or possession of all glass containers and products on a beach in the unincorporated area of the county. The bill provides that a commissioners court may not prohibit any one or several glass products to the exclusion of any others. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.