HB 1628

86(R) - 2019
House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
Senate Water & Rural Affairs
House Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
Senate Water & Rural Affairs

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Geanie Morrison


Lois Kolkhorst

Bill Caption

Relating to the authority of coastal counties to adopt certain rules for island parks, beach parks, and public beaches; creating a criminal offense.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1628 would give authority to commissioners courts of counties along the Gulf of Mexico to adopt reasonable rules on camping, access, litter, resource protection, or waste disposal on beach parks, island parks, or any part of a public beach. This bill would create a Class C Misdemeanor for violation of these rules. 

The Committee Substitute added that rules a commissioners court could adopt would be required to be consistent with the Natural Resource Code.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral HB 1628 because it does not promote or violate any of our principles. Counties do have a legitimate interest in ensuring that public beaches and parks are well cared for and that an enforcement mechanism exists to curb abuses which diminish enjoyment of those areas for other members of the public. 

Organizations Supporting

County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Sheriffs' Association of Texas
Texas Conference of Urban Counties