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Relating to waivers for entrance fees to state parks and certain
hunting and fishing license fees for resident first responders.
Estimated Twoyear Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB409, As Introduced : an
impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2023.
The legislation would waive entrance fees to state parks for certain Texas residents which would result in an
estimated twoyear negative impact of $1,296,000 to General RevenueDedicated Funds through the
biennium ending August 31, 2023.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to
implement the provisions of the bill.
HB 409 would exempt first-responders with certain levels of experience from entrance fees to state parks and hunting or fishing licenses.
Texas Action is opposed to HB 409 on the principles of limited government and individual liberty. While we support honoring our first-responders, we oppose giving special treatment to preferred classes of people. This is inconsistent with the concept of equality under the law and shifts the cost burden for the preferred class to others who do not enjoy the beneficial treatment.