Bill Text: TX HB2394 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to a study on the feasibility of requiring title for all trailers, semitrailers, and travel trailers not considered manufactured housing.

Status: (Passed) 2013-06-14 - Effective immediately [HB2394 Detail]

Download: Texas-2013-HB2394-Enrolled.html
 
 
  H.B. No. 2394
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
 
 
  relating to a study on the feasibility of requiring title for all
  trailers, semitrailers, and travel trailers not considered
  manufactured housing.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 501, Transportation Code,
  is amended by adding Section 501.007 to read as follows:
         Sec. 501.007.  STUDY ON FEASIBILITY OF TITLE BEING OBTAINED
  FOR ALL TRAILERS, SEMITRAILERS, AND TRAVEL TRAILERS THAT ARE NOT
  MANUFACTURED HOUSING. (a)  The department shall conduct a study of
  the feasibility of requiring title for each trailer, semitrailer,
  or travel trailer that is not manufactured housing.
         (b)  In conducting the study required under this section, the
  department must, in relation to all trailers, semitrailers, and
  travel trailers covered by the study:
               (1)  determine the cost and feasibility of assigning
  vehicle identification numbers;
               (2)  develop options for obtaining title;
               (3)  evaluate the processes of inspection,
  verification, and assignment of vehicle identification numbers;
               (4)  develop recommendations for requiring the
  permanent affixation of vehicle identification numbers;
               (5)  determine the approximate fiscal impact from theft
  and evaluate options to decrease this theft; and
               (6)  evaluate the level of access individuals in rural
  areas have to obtain title.
         (c)  In conducting the study, the department must use input
  from local governmental entities that provide title services for
  trailers, semitrailers, or travel trailers, automotive theft
  experts, statewide associations representing agricultural
  entities, and statewide associations of counties. The department
  may use input from any other organization, as necessary.
         (d)  On request of the department, the comptroller shall
  assist the department in conducting the study.
         (e)  The department shall prepare a report that contains its
  study findings and makes recommendations regarding possible
  legislative solutions to any problems found in the processes for
  obtaining title for trailers, semitrailers, or travel trailers
  covered by the study. Not later than September 1, 2014, the
  department shall submit the report to the lieutenant governor, the
  speaker of the house of representatives, and the presiding officer
  of each legislative standing committee with primary jurisdiction
  over motor vehicles.
         (f)  This section expires August 31, 2015.
         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, 2013.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2394 was passed by the House on April
  25, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 134, Nays 2, 2 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2394 was passed by the Senate on May
  17, 2013, by the following vote:  Yeas 29, Nays 1.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor       
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