HBA-ALS S.B. 754 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 754 By: Lucio Transportation 4/15/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this bill is to allow the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to issue a specialized vanity license plate in honor of the citrus industry in Texas. H.B. 3662 requires TxDOT to issue specially designed license plates for an annual registration fee recognizing the Texas citrus industry. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in SECTION 1 (Section 502.299, Transportation Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter F, Chapter 502, Transportation Code, by adding Section 502.299, as follows: Sec. 502.299. TEXAS CITRUS INDUSTRY. (a) Requires the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to issue specially designed license plates for passenger cars and light trucks in honor of the citrus industry in this state. (b) Requires the TxDOT to issue license plates under this section to a person who applies to the county assessor-collector of the county in which the person resides on a form provided by TxDOT and pays the annual fee established by TxDOT under Subsection (c), in addition to the applicable fees prescribed by Sections 502.161 (Fee: Passenger Car, Municipal Bus, Private Bus) and 502.251 (Personalized Prestige License Plates). (c) Requires TxDOT, by rule, to establish the annual fee for registration in an amount that when added to the other fees collected by TxDOT, does not exceed the amount to recover the actual cost of issuing license plates. SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3.Emergency clause.