Austin, Texas
                    FISCAL NOTE, 77th Regular Session
                               May 16, 2001
          TO:  Honorable Clyde Alexander, Chair, House Committee on
        FROM:  John Keel, Director, Legislative Budget Board
       IN RE:  SB1109  by Bernsen (Relating to the use of the
               Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry operated by the Texas
               Department of Transportation.), As Engrossed
*  Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for    *
*  SB1109, As Engrossed:  positive impact of $0 through the biennium     *
*  ending August 31, 2003.                                               *
*                                                                        *
*  The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal      *
*  basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of    *
*  the bill.                                                             *
General Revenue-Related Funds, Five-Year Impact:
          *  Fiscal Year  Probable Net Positive/(Negative)   *
          *               Impact to General Revenue Related  *
          *                             Funds                *
          *       2002                                   $0  *
          *       2003                                    0  *
          *       2004                                    0  *
          *       2005                                    0  *
          *       2006                                    0  *
All Funds, Five-Year Impact:
*Fiscal    Probable Savings/(Cost) from    Probable Revenue Gain/(Loss)   *
* Year          State Highway Fund           from State Highway Fund      *
*                      0006                            0006               *
*  2002                      $(2,430,000)                         $30,200 *
*  2003                          (30,000)                          30,200 *
*  2004                          (30,000)                          30,200 *
*  2005                          (30,000)                          30,200 *
*  2006                          (30,000)                          30,200 *
Fiscal Analysis
The bill would amend the Transportation Code to allow an owner of a
registered motor vehicle to apply to the Texas Department of
Transportation (TxDOT) to receive a sticker that would entitle the
vehicle to have a priority in boarding the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry
operated by TxDOT.  The bill would require TxDOT to design a sticker,
designate the windshield location for placement, and sell the sticker
annually to qualified persons for a fee of $50 for a commercial motor
vehicle and $30 for any other type of motor vehicle.  The bill would
require all fees collected to be deposited in the State Highway Fund.

The bill would allow TxDOT to adopt necessary rules and would also
require TxDOT to prescribe necessary forms to administer the provisions
of the bill.

The bill would take effect September 1, 2001.
TxDOT estimates that approximately $2.4 million would be required in
fiscal year 2002 for improvements to existing landings and staging area
modifications that would have to be made to accommodate the priority
boarding vehicles.  TxDOT also estimates that an additional cost of
$30,000 each year would be realized for seasonal contracting with
additional off-duty police officers to work in the priority staging area.

TxDOT estimates that owners of 10 commercial vehicles and owners of 990
other vehicles from the Bolivar Peninsula would purchase a sticker
annually and that revenues would be generated each year in amounts of
$30,200 for the State Highway Fund.
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is
Source Agencies:   601   Texas Department of Transportation, 304
                   Comptroller of Public Accounts
LBB Staff:         JK, JO, RT, MW