HBA-CMT, JLV H.B. 1301 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1301 By: Gray County Affairs 4/8/2001 Introduced 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. House Bill 1301 authorizes the commissioners court of a county bordering on the Gulf of Mexico or its tidewater limits 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 House Bill 1301 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 any glass container or other glass product on a beach in the unincorporated area of the county. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.