House Bill 931, the much-anticipated bill to help
expand the state’s network of hike-and-bike trails, passed last week as one of
the final acts of the 85th Texas Legislature.
HB 931 facilitates agreements between cities and electric utility companies for the use of power line
corridors for hike-and-bike trails by providing the utility companies increased
immunity from liability. Currently,
political subdivisions within Harris County are the only entities that can use
utility easements for hike and bike trails.
The new legislation expands such opportunities statewide.
City would like to thank State Representatives Dr. Greg Bonnen, Wayne
Faircloth, and Dennis Paul, authors of the legislation, as well as Senator
Larry Taylor for his support,” said Chien Wei, Director of Parks and Cultural
Services for League City. “This will allow League City to build upon the
existing relationships with CenterPoint Energy and Texas-New Mexico Power
(TNMP) and use existing corridors to provide our citizens expanded health and
passage of the legislation proves timely for citizens of League City as the
City’s Parks and Open Space Master Plan, the policy and guidance document for
the development of parks and trails within the City, is currently undergoing
amendment. The City’s consultant on the
project, Clark Condon Associates, and City staff have already discussed the
additional possibilities provided for by the passage of the bill and how such
can be incorporated into the new Master Plan.
Prior to the commencement
of the legislative session, the League City Council adopted a formal
legislative agenda for which two (2) of the priorities were:
legislation that supports or advances the principles of home rule authority and
local control to allow for locally elected officials to make decisions that are
beneficial to the
interests of City residents or that is otherwise beneficial to the City'
amendment to HB 1943 from the 2011 Legislative Session that provided for the
recreational use of land that the public utility owns, occupies or leases…”
Governor Greg Abbott’s signature, HB 931 will become effective September 1,