S.B. 607 78(R) BILL ANALYSIS S.B. 607 By: Janek State Cultural and Recreational Resources Committee Report (Unamended) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE S.B. 1410, as passed by the 77th Legislature, allowed for a seven-day grace period before a crab trap may be designated abandoned after the crabbing season ends. The crab advisory committee and other industry members have asked that this time frame be removed and that the traps be deemed litter on the first day of the closure. If the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department adopts the minimum number of closure days, a twoweekend cleanup period for abandoned traps will still exist. As proposed, S.B. 607 eliminates the seven-day grace period, so traps would immediately be designated as abandoned. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS S.B. 607 amends the Parks and Wildlife Code to redefine "abandoned crab trap." EFFECTIVE DATE This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2003.