SRC-SEW S.B. 416 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Senate Research Center S.B. 416 77R3464 JD-FBy: Ogden Natural Resources 1/31/2001 As Filed DIGEST AND PURPOSE Under current law, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is often placed in the position of having to acquire and become a long-term land manager of mitigation property environmentally impacted by a highway improvement project. As proposed, S.B. 416 allows TxDOT to pay a fee to public agencies that require TxDOT to mitigate for an impact rather than having TxDOT itself acquire and manage the property. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 201H, Transportation Code, by adding Section 201.6061, as follows: Sec. 201.6061. PAYMENT OF FEE TO PUBLIC AGENCY IN CONNECTION WITH MITIGATION OF CERTAIN ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS. Requires the Texas Department of Transportation, if authorized by the applicable regulatory authority, to pay a fee to an appropriate public agency in lieu of acquiring or agreeing to manage property for the mitigation of an adverse environmental impact that is a direct result of a state highway improvement project. SECTION 2. Effective date: upon passage or September 1, 2001.