AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lawmakers in the Texas House are set to discuss a proposed constitutional amendment clearly defining the boundaries of public beaches and holding them in a public trust.
The amendment by Dallas Democratic Rep. Harold Dutton comes with a companion public beaches bill. That legislation would become impervious to future court challenges should the amendment be added to the Texas Constitution.
Both will be discussed during Tuesday s Land and Resource Management Committee meeting.
They are in response to a 2010 Texas Supreme Court ruling on the Open Beaches Act. It found that if an act of nature erodes a beach, the landowner s right to the remaining property isn t diminished by state law even if it is now part of the beach.
The Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision last year.