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  87R2942 JAM-F
 
  By: Hinojosa S.B. No. 781
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to an optional county fee on vehicle registration in
  certain counties to be used for transportation projects.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Sections 502.402(a) and (e), Transportation
  Code, are amended to read as follows:
         (a)  This section applies only to:
               (1)  a county that:
                     (A)  borders the United Mexican States; and
                     (B)  has a population of more than 250,000; [and]
               (2)  a county that has a population of more than 1.5
  million that is coterminous with a regional mobility authority; and
               (3)  a county:
                     (A)  that has a population of more than 320,000;
                     (B)  that does not border the United Mexican
  States; and
                     (C)  in which a port authority is authorized to
  issue permits for oversize or overweight vehicles under Chapter
  623.
         (e)  The additional fee shall be collected for a vehicle when
  other fees imposed under this chapter are collected. The fee
  revenue collected shall be:
               (1)  sent to a regional mobility authority located in
  the county to fund long-term transportation projects in the county
  that are consistent with the purposes specified by Section 7-a,
  Article VIII, Texas Constitution; or
               (2)  if there is no regional mobility authority located
  in the county, used by the county only to fund long-term
  transportation projects in the county that are consistent with the
  purposes specified by Section 7-a, Article VIII, Texas
  Constitution.
         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, 2021.