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  82R21277 SLB-D
 
  By: Elkins H.B. No. 2189
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 2189:
 
  By:  King of Zavala C.S.H.B. No. 2189
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the regulation of handfishing.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter B, Chapter 66, Parks and Wildlife
  Code, is amended by adding Section 66.115 to read as follows:
         Sec. 66.115.  HANDFISHING. (a)  In this section,
  "handfishing" means fishing for catfish by the use of hands only and
  without any other fishing device such as a gaff, pole hook, trap, or
  spear.
         (b)  A person holding the required fishing license and
  freshwater fishing stamp issued to the person by the department may
  engage in handfishing in the public fresh water of this state.
         (c)  The commission may adopt rules related to handfishing.
         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, 2011.