77R15994 E By Lindsay S.B. No. 1573 Substitute the following for S.B. No. 1573: By Kuempel C.S.S.B. No. 1573 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the regulation of floating cabins; providing penalties. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Title 4, Parks and Wildlife Code, is amended by 1-5 adding Chapter 32 to read as follows: 1-6 CHAPTER 32. FLOATING CABINS 1-7 SUBCHAPTER A. GENERAL PROVISIONS 1-8 Sec. 32.001. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter: 1-9 (1) "Coastal water" means those waters east and south 1-10 of the coastal waters boundary established in 31 T.A.C. Section 1-11 65.3(10). 1-12 (2) "Floating cabin" means a structure securely moored 1-13 in the coastal water of this state used for habitation or shelter 1-14 and not routinely used for transportation. The term includes all 1-15 mooring lines, anchors, anchor lines, spuds, and pilings and any 1-16 other tethering devices. The term does not include a structure 1-17 permitted by the General Land Office under Chapter 33, Natural 1-18 Resources Code. 1-19 Sec. 32.002. APPLICABILITY TO COASTAL WATER. This chapter 1-20 applies only to floating cabins moored in coastal water. 1-21 Sec. 32.003. APPLICABILITY OF OTHER LAW. Chapter 33, 1-22 Natural Resources Code, does not apply to a floating cabin 1-23 regulated under this chapter. 1-24 Sec. 32.004. EXEMPTION. Subchapter B does not apply to a 2-1 floating cabin owned by a state agency. 2-2 Sec. 32.005. RULES. The commission may adopt rules to 2-3 implement this chapter. 2-4 Sec. 32.006. NONAPPLICABILITY OF CHAPTER 2001, GOVERNMENT 2-5 CODE. The contested case provisions of the Administrative 2-6 Procedure Act (Sections 2001.051-2001.178, Government Code) do not 2-7 apply to this chapter. 2-8 (Sections 32.007-32.050 reserved for expansion 2-9 SUBCHAPTER B. PERMITS FOR FLOATING CABINS 2-10 Sec. 32.051. PERMIT REQUIRED. A person may not own, 2-11 maintain, or use a floating cabin in the public coastal water of 2-12 this state unless a permit has been issued under this chapter for 2-13 the floating cabin. 2-14 Sec. 32.052. ELIGIBILITY FOR PERMIT. A person may apply for 2-15 a floating cabin permit if: 2-16 (1) the person owns the floating cabin; 2-17 (2) the floating cabin floats at high tide; 2-18 (3) the owner owned the floating cabin on June 1, 2-19 2001; and 2-20 (4) the floating cabin has been moored at the same 2-21 location from June 1, 2001, until August 31, 2001; provided, 2-22 however, that as to any floating cabin that is certified as having 2-23 been on the water and at such location from on or before June 1, 2-24 2001, the owner thereof may remove such floating cabin for the 2-25 making of repairs, provided that such removal does not exceed 60 2-26 consecutive days. 2-27 Sec. 32.053. APPLICATION FOR PERMIT. (a) An applicant must 3-1 apply for a permit on a form prescribed by the department. The 3-2 department shall issue a floating cabin permit to an applicant who: 3-3 (1) meets the eligibility requirements of Section 3-4 32.052; 3-5 (2) provides the name, mailing address, and telephone 3-6 number of the applicant; 3-7 (3) describes the exact location of the floating cabin 3-8 in terms of longitude, latitude, degrees, minutes, and seconds as 3-9 determined by the global positioning system; 3-10 (4) describes the height, length, and width of the 3-11 floating cabin; 3-12 (5) provides the department with a color photograph 3-13 with a full view of the floating cabin; 3-14 (6) pays a fee of $2,500 or a lesser amount set by the 3-15 commission; and 3-16 (7) provides the department with any other information 3-17 that the department reasonably requires. 3-18 (b) The applicant and each owner of the floating cabin must 3-19 sign the application under penalty of perjury. 3-20 (c) The department shall remit all fees collected under this 3-21 section to the comptroller for deposit to the credit of the 3-22 floating cabins cleanup account in the general revenue fund. Money 3-23 in the account may be used only for the cleanup of illegal or 3-24 abandoned floating cabins and related debris in the coastal water. 3-25 Sec. 32.054. TERM OF PERMIT. A floating cabin permit issued 3-26 under this chapter has a term of one year. 3-27 Sec. 32.055. ORIGINAL PERMIT AND PERMIT RENEWAL FEE. 4-1 (a) An original application for permit under Section 32.053 must 4-2 be accompanied by a permit application fee of $600 or an amount set 4-3 by the commission, whichever is higher. 4-4 (b) To renew a floating cabin permit, a permit holder must 4-5 apply in the manner prescribed by commission rule and pay a permit 4-6 renewal fee of $600 or an amount set by the commission, whichever 4-7 is higher. 4-8 (c) The department may refuse to issue or transfer an 4-9 original or renewal license, permit, or tag if the permittee has: 4-10 (1) been finally convicted of a violation of Section 4-11 32.154; 4-12 (2) failed to comply with a notice issued under 4-13 Section 32.154; or 4-14 (3) failed to pay a civil penalty assessed under 4-15 Section 32.154. 4-16 (d) The department shall remit all fees collected under this 4-17 section to the comptroller for deposit to the credit of the game, 4-18 fish, and water safety account in the general revenue fund. 4-19 Sec. 32.056. LOCATION OF PERMIT; INSPECTION ALLOWED. A 4-20 permit holder shall keep a copy of the permit in the floating cabin 4-21 and available for inspection by the department on request. 4-22 Sec. 32.057. TRANSFER OF PERMIT. (a) A permit holder may in 4-23 writing transfer the permit to a new owner of the floating cabin. 4-24 (b) Not later than the 60th day after the date of transfer, 4-25 the new permit holder shall provide to the department: 4-26 (1) the name, mailing address, and telephone number of 4-27 the new permit holder; 5-1 (2) any other information the department reasonably 5-2 requires; and 5-3 (3) a $600 transfer fee. 5-4 (c) In the event that the permit holder consists of more 5-5 than one person, the withdrawal of persons from ownership shall 5-6 not, on renewal, be considered a transfer to the remaining owner or 5-7 owners for purpose of payment of the transfer fee. 5-8 (d) The new permit holder must sign the information provided 5-9 to the department under Subsection (b) under penalty of perjury. 5-10 Sec. 32.058. PURCHASE PROGRAM; PERMIT EXPIRES. (a) The 5-11 commission by rule may establish a program to purchase a floating 5-12 cabin for which a permit has been issued. 5-13 (b) On transfer of ownership under this section, the permit 5-14 issued for the floating cabin expires. 5-15 (c) The owner of a floating cabin is not required to sell 5-16 the cabin to the department under this section. 5-17 (d) The floating cabin purchase account is created as a 5-18 separate account in the general revenue fund. The account consists 5-19 of money deposited to the account under this section, including 5-20 interest on that money. The department may accept grants and gifts 5-21 of money or materials from private or public sources to be applied 5-22 to the floating cabin purchase account. Money in the floating 5-23 cabin purchase account may be used only for the purposes of this 5-24 section. Section 403.095, Government Code, does not apply to the 5-25 account. 5-26 (e) Money from the game, fish, and water safety account may 5-27 not be used to purchase a floating cabin under this section. 6-1 (Sections 32.059-32.100 reserved for expansion 6-2 SUBCHAPTER C. REQUIREMENTS AND PROHIBITED CONDUCT 6-3 Sec. 32.101. IDENTIFICATION OF FLOATING CABIN. (a) A 6-4 floating cabin must be marked and identified by numbers, reflective 6-5 tape, paint, or other means as the commission may by rule require. 6-6 (b) From sunset to sunrise, a floating cabin shall exhibit 6-7 at least one white light that is visible from a 360-degree angle. 6-8 (c) This section applies to each owner of a floating cabin. 6-9 Sec. 32.102. RELOCATION OF FLOATING CABIN. A permit holder 6-10 may relocate the floating cabin, subject to department approval, 6-11 and the commission shall by rule specify criteria for allowing 6-12 relocation. 6-13 Sec. 32.103. REPLACEMENT OF FLOATING CABIN. The permit 6-14 holder may replace the floating cabin if: 6-15 (1) the replacement cabin does not exceed the height, 6-16 length, or width of the original cabin; and 6-17 (2) the department approves the replacement. 6-18 Sec. 32.104. INCREASE IN SIZE OF CABIN PROHIBITED. A person 6-19 may not increase the height, length, or width of a floating cabin. 6-20 Sec. 32.105. SANITATION DEVICE. (a) A floating cabin shall 6-21 be equipped with a portable marine sanitation device capable of 6-22 holding and retaining human body waste. 6-23 (b) Each owner of a floating cabin is liable for a violation 6-24 of this section. 6-25 Sec. 32.106. SEWAGE DISCHARGE PROHIBITED. A person may not 6-26 discharge human body waste, treated or untreated, from a floating 6-27 cabin into or adjacent to coastal water or state land. 7-1 Sec. 32.107. LOCATION OF FLOATING CABIN IN CERTAIN SITES 7-2 PROHIBITED. (a) A floating cabin may not be located in a state 7-3 park, state wildlife refuge, state wildlife sanctuary, or state 7-4 coastal preserve. 7-5 (b) Each owner of a floating cabin is liable for a violation 7-6 of this section. 7-7 Sec. 32.108. OTHER PROHIBITED CONDUCT. An owner of a 7-8 floating cabin may not allow the cabin to: 7-9 (1) obstruct navigation; 7-10 (2) damage an oyster reef, serpulid reef, or seagrass 7-11 bed; or 7-12 (3) rest on a bottom or shoreline at high tide. 7-13 (Sections 32.109-32.150 reserved for expansion 7-14 SUBCHAPTER D. ENFORCEMENT AND PENALTIES 7-15 Sec. 32.151. DISCIPLINARY ACTION. The department may 7-16 suspend or revoke a person's floating cabin permit or place the 7-17 permit holder on probation for a violation of this chapter. 7-18 Sec. 32.152. CIVIL ACTIONS ALLOWED; CIVIL PENALTY. (a) The 7-19 department may bring an action for damages, injunctive relief, and 7-20 any other appropriate civil relief for a violation of this chapter, 7-21 except for Section 32.106. 7-22 (b) Each owner of the floating cabin is jointly and 7-23 severally liable for a violation under this section. 7-24 Sec. 32.153. CRIMINAL PENALTIES. (a) A person commits an 7-25 offense if the person violates: 7-26 (1) Section 32.051; 7-27 (2) Section 32.053(b); 8-1 (3) Section 32.056; 8-2 (4) Section 32.057(d); 8-3 (5) Section 32.101; 8-4 (6) Section 32.104; 8-5 (7) Section 32.105; 8-6 (8) Section 32.106; 8-7 (9) Section 32.107; or 8-8 (10) Section 32.108. 8-9 (b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), an offense under 8-10 Subsection (a) is a Class C Parks and Wildlife Code misdemeanor. 8-11 (c) If it is shown on the trial of an offense under this 8-12 section that the defendant was previously convicted two or more 8-13 times under this section, the offense is a Class B Parks and 8-14 Wildlife Code misdemeanor. 8-15 (d) Each day of a violation under this section is a separate 8-16 offense. 8-17 Sec. 32.154. REMOVAL OF FLOATING CABIN; CRIMINAL PENALTY; 8-18 CIVIL PENALTY; HEARING. (a) If a person owns a floating cabin that 8-19 does not meet the criteria for issuance of an original permit under 8-20 this chapter or if an owner violates a provision of Section 32.104, 8-21 32.107, or 32.108, the department may by written notice require the 8-22 removal of the floating cabin from the coastal water not later than 8-23 the 90th day after the date of notice. The owner may, not later 8-24 than 30 days after receipt of notice of removal, object to the 8-25 revocation and show good cause why the permit should not be 8-26 revoked. Good cause includes: 8-27 (1) force majeure, including a hurricane or tropical 9-1 storm; 9-2 (2) circumstances resulting in a change of criteria 9-3 for reasons not attributable to the actions of the owner; or 9-4 (3) any other reasons that the department adopts by 9-5 rule. 9-6 (b) A person commits an offense if the person does not 9-7 remove the floating cabin during the period provided by Subsection 9-8 (a) or such extended period as may be prescribed by department 9-9 rule. An offense under this subsection is a Class B Parks and 9-10 Wildlife Code misdemeanor. 9-11 (c) The department may assess a civil penalty for a 9-12 violation of Subsection (a) of not more than $1,000 for each day 9-13 after the notice period that the owner fails to remove the floating 9-14 cabin. Each owner is jointly and severally liable for the civil 9-15 penalty and the reasonable costs of removal and cleanup of the 9-16 floating cabin and related materials at that location. 9-17 (d) If a person does not remove the floating cabin during 9-18 the period provided by Subsection (a), the department or a person 9-19 or entity authorized by the department may remove and dispose of 9-20 the floating cabin and any associated personal property in any 9-21 manner without further notice. 9-22 (e) Notice under this section is valid if: 9-23 (1) a person who owns a floating cabin has held a 9-24 permit issued under this chapter and the notice is sent by 9-25 certified letter from the department to the owner at the last 9-26 address supplied to the department under this chapter; or 9-27 (2) as to a floating cabin that has not been 10-1 identified and for which the owner has not been issued a permit, 10-2 the notice is affixed to the floating cabin. 10-3 (f) The department is not liable to a person for the value 10-4 of a floating cabin, or any personal property associated with the 10-5 cabin, removed under this section. 10-6 Sec. 32.155. VENUE. The department may file any suit under 10-7 this chapter in Travis County or the county in which the floating 10-8 cabin that is the subject of the suit is located. 10-9 SECTION 2. (a) Not later than February 1, 2002, the Parks 10-10 and Wildlife Commission shall adopt rules necessary to implement 10-11 Chapter 32, Parks and Wildlife Code, as added by this Act. The 10-12 Parks and Wildlife Department shall begin to issue the permit 10-13 required by Section 32.051, Parks and Wildlife Code, not later than 10-14 March 1, 2002. 10-15 (b) The Parks and Wildlife Department may not enforce a 10-16 prohibition or other requirement imposed by Chapter 32, Parks and 10-17 Wildlife Code, as added by this Act, before February 1, 2002. 10-18 (c) Section 32.153, Parks and Wildlife Code, as added by 10-19 this Act, applies only to an offense committed on or after 10-20 February 1, 2002. 10-21 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives 10-22 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as 10-23 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this 10-24 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this 10-25 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.