79R5858 MSE-F

By:  Eiland                                                       H.B. No. 1892

relating to excluding a challenge course used for educational purposes from regulation as an amusement ride. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 2151.002(1), Occupations Code, is amended to read as follows: (1) "Amusement ride" means a mechanical device that carries passengers along, around, or over a fixed or restricted course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving the passengers amusement, pleasure, or excitement. The term does not include: (A) a coin-operated ride that: (i) is manually, mechanically, or electrically operated; (ii) is customarily placed in a public location; and (iii) does not normally require the supervision or services of an operator; [or] (B) nonmechanized playground equipment, including a swing, seesaw, stationary spring-mounted animal feature, rider-propelled merry-go-round, climber, playground slide, trampoline, and physical fitness device; or (C) a challenge course, which may include logs, tires, platforms, beams, bridges, poles, ladders, nets, climbing walls, climbing towers, traverses, cables, swings, or zip lines, that is constructed and used for educational purposes. SECTION 2. 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, 2005.