HB 2521

84(R) - 2015
House County Affairs
House County Affairs
County Affairs

Vote Recommendation

Vote Yes; Amend
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Garnet F. Coleman


John Cyrier
Geanie Morrison

Bill Caption

Relating to transferring from the state to a county the revenue derived from oil and gas leases of land owned by the county to be used by the county for road maintenance purposes.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 2521 would require the comptroller to the extent possible under the Texas Constitution to remit to a county the amount received from lease payments from land owned in fee simple by the county that is leased for oil and natural gas production. The bill requires the remitted money to be deposited to the credit of the county road and bridge fund and restricts the use of such money by the county to road maintenance purposes.

Vote Recommendation Notes

05/25/2015 update:

No changes were made. The second chamber sponsor is Senator Uresti.

First chamber recommendation:

This bill affirms the principle of limited government. The counties bear the cost of road maintenance and by using these funds to assist with that purpose it will be beneficial to taxpayers. For this reason, we support HB 2521, but recommend an amendment to clearly require that the funds be only used for reimbursing the county for roads and bridges affected by drilling underneath a county road.