HB 931

85(R) - 2017
House State Affairs
Senate Business & Commerce
House State Affairs
Senate Business & Commerce
Civil Remedies
Culture, Recreation, & Tourism

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Rick Miller


Charles Anderson
Dwayne Bohac
DeWayne Burns
Gary Elkins
Wayne Faircloth
Jim Murphy
Tan Parker
Dennis Paul
J.D. Sheffield
John Smithee
Phil Stephenson
Ed Thompson
Bill Zedler


Lois Kolkhorst

Bill Caption

Relating to liability of certain electric utilities that allow certain uses of land that the electric utility owns, occupies, or leases.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, a utility in Harris county has limited liability when it enters into an agreement with a political subdivision to allow utility property to be used for public recreation. HB 931 would expand the application of these provisions to all counties. In addition, this bill would authorize a written agreement to require the political subdivision to pay costs incurred by the utility in an agreement.

A political subdivision's liability would also be limited in amounts not to exceed $350,000 for each person, $700,000 for each single occurrence for bodily injury or death, $100,000 for each single occurrence for injury to or destruction of property, court costs, reasonable attorney's fees, and any other expense incurred in filing a cause of action.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This legislation supports property rights. We support HB 931.

Organizations Supporting

Association of Electric Companies of Texas
Texas Municipal League

Organizations Opposed

Texas Trial Lawyers Association