85(R) - 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
Relating to the regulation of automotive wrecking and salvage yards
in certain counties.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
This bill is bracketed for Harris County. Under current law, a person who operates an automotive wrecking and salvage yard in violation of Chapter 397 of the Transportation Code is liable for additional civil penalties for each violation of at least $500 and at most $1,000. SB 368 would change the maximum penalty to $5,000.
Vote Recommendation Notes
This bill would expand the government by increasing the maximum civil penalties on automotive wrecking and salvage yard violations by 400%. We have no reason to believe doing so is necessary for the enforcement of these regulations or is a component of a necessary state function. Such a significant increase is overly punitive. For this reason, we oppose SB 368 on the grounds it infringes on our principle of limited government.