H.B. No. 550
  relating to an exemption to the requirement for a fishing license
  for residents of a certain age.
         SECTION 1.  Section 46.002(a), Parks and Wildlife Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A license issued under this chapter is not required of a
               (1)  who is a resident and whose birth date is before
  January 1, 1931 [September 1, 1930];
               (2)  who is a nonresident, if the person's birth date is
  before September 1, 1930, and the person's state of residence
  grants a similar age exemption to Texas residents;
               (3)  who is mentally disabled and who is engaging in
  recreational fishing as part of medically approved therapy, and who
  is fishing under the immediate supervision of personnel approved or
  employed by a hospital, residence, or school for mentally disabled
               (4)  who is mentally retarded and is engaged in
  recreational fishing under the immediate supervision of a person
                     (A)  holds a license issued under this chapter;
                     (B)  has the permission of the mentally retarded
  person's family head or legal guardian to take the mentally
  retarded person fishing if the person is not a member of the family
  of the mentally retarded person; or
               (5)  who is participating in an event that is sponsored
  or co-sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the
  approval of the Executive Director.
         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, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 550 was passed by the House on May 13,
  2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 132, Nays 7, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 550 on May 27, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, 2
  present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 550 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 25, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________