S.B. No. 2223
  relating to the efficient provision of pilot services by the board
  of pilot commissioners for Harris County ports.
         SECTION 1.  Section 5007.209(b), Special District Local Laws
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The training program must provide the person with
  information regarding:
               (1)  the legislation that created the authority;
               (2)  the programs, functions, policies, rules, and
  budget of the authority;
               (3)  the results of the most recent formal audit of the
               (4)  [the duties of the port commission as the board of
  pilot commissioners for Harris County ports under Chapter 66,
  Transportation Code;
               [(5)]  the requirements of laws relating to open
  meetings, public information, administrative procedure, financial
  disclosure, and conflicts of interest; and
               (5) [(6)]  any applicable ethics policies adopted by
  the port commission or the Texas Ethics Commission.
         SECTION 2.  Section 66.016, Transportation Code, is amended
  by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
         (c)  The board may adopt a rule under this chapter involving
  ship movement strategies, including navigation safety guidelines,
  for use by pilots in the navigable water in this state only on a
  recommendation from not less than 80 percent of the pilots
  authorized to operate under the board's jurisdiction.
         SECTION 3.  Section 66.017, Transportation Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         Sec. 66.017.  DUTIES. The board shall:
               (1)  establish the number of pilots necessary to
  provide adequate pilot services for each Harris County port;
               (2)  accept applications for pilot licenses and
  certificates and determine whether each applicant meets the
  qualifications for a pilot;
               (3)  submit to the governor lists of applicants the
  board finds to be qualified for appointment as pilots;
               (4)  establish pilotage rates;
               (5)  approve the locations for pilot stations;
               (6)  establish times during which pilot services will
  be available;
               (7)  hear and determine complaints relating to the
  conduct of pilots;
               (8)  recommend to the governor each pilot whose license
  or certificate should not be renewed or should be revoked;
               (9)  adopt rules and issue orders to pilots or vessels
  when necessary to secure efficient pilot services, including
  minimizing the interference of two-way routes;
               (10)  institute investigations or hearings or both to
  consider casualties, accidents, or other actions that violate this
  chapter; and
               (11)  provide penalties to be imposed on a person who is
  not a pilot for a Harris County port who pilots a vessel into or out
  of the port if a pilot offered those services to the vessel.
         SECTION 4.  Subchapter B, Chapter 66, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 66.0172 to read as follows:
  LENGTH.  (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Two-way route" means a directional route within
  defined limits inside which two-way traffic is established, and
  which is intended to improve safety in waters where navigation is
               (2)  "Two-way traffic" means that traffic flow by all
  vessels is permitted in opposing directions.
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (c), in order to ensure
  safe and efficient pilot services, the maximum overall length of a
  vessel, including the bulbous bow, that may be piloted within the
  board's jurisdiction is 1,100 feet.
         (c)  Subject to Section 66.016(c), the board by rule may
  authorize piloting a vessel with an overall length that exceeds the
  maximum overall length provided by Subsection (b) if the board
  determines that the proposed rules would allow two-way routes to be
  maintained efficiently and two-way traffic to be conducted
  efficiently. Before adopting a rule under this subsection, the
  board must hold at least two public hearings.  This subsection does
  not apply to the adoption of rules governing vessel traffic between
  Morgan's Point and the Houston Turning Basin.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2223 passed the Senate on
  April 24, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 29, Nays 2; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 23, 2019, by the
  following vote: Yeas 29, Nays 2.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2223 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 17, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 139,
  Nays 0, three present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House