84R17092 RMA-D
  By: Hunter H.C.R. No. 108
         WHEREAS, The cruise operations in the home port of Galveston
  have an enormous economic impact on Texas; the city hosted more than
  900,000 passenger and crew visits in 2013, which accounted for $1.2
  billion in direct spending; in addition, the industry was
  responsible for generating over 20,000 Texas jobs and paying $1.16
  billion in wage income; and
         WHEREAS, South of Galveston, between Calhoun and Cameron
  Counties, from the tip of the Golden Crescent, along the Coastal
  Bend, to the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas is home to several
  growing cities, robust tourism, and a wealth of natural resources;
  the area, with more than 150 miles of Gulf shoreline, also harbors
  three major deepwater ports, any of which might be a viable site for
  a cruise line headquarters or a port of embarkation; and
         WHEREAS, Florida and California, respectively, benefit the
  most from the North American cruise industry; Florida operates five
  cruise ports, including Port Canaveral, Port Everglades,
  Jacksonville, Miami, and Tampa, and California is home to four, in
  Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Diego, and San Francisco; an
  additional Texas cruise ship port between Calhoun and Cameron
  Counties could offer an attractive vacation option for a
  significant portion of the state's residents and be an economic
  boon to the state as a whole; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby request the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house
  of representatives to create a joint interim committee to conduct a
  study regarding the development of a cruise industry on the Texas
  coast between Calhoun and Cameron Counties, including its potential
  economic impact and options for incentives to attract the cruise
  industry to South Texas; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the committee's proceedings and operations be
  governed by such general rules and policies for joint interim
  committees as the 84th Legislature may adopt.