A district may grant franchises for purposes consistent with this chapter to any person on property owned or controlled by the district by restrictive covenant or otherwise.
No franchise shall be granted for longer than 50 years nor shall a franchise be granted except on the affirmative vote of a majority of the commissioners present at three separate meetings of the commission which meetings may not be closer together than one week.
No franchise shall be granted until notice of the franchise is published at the expense of the applicant, once a week for three consecutive weeks in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the district. For the purposes of this subsection, notice consists of:
the text of the franchise in final form in all material respects; or
a descriptive caption stating the purpose of the franchise and the location at which a complete copy of the franchise in all material respects may be obtained.
The franchise shall require the grantee to file the grantee’s written acceptance within 30 days after the franchise is finally approved by the commission.
Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing the district from granting revocable licenses or permits for the use of limited portions of waterfront or facilities for purposes consistent with this chapter.Added by Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 427 (S.B. 1395), Sec. 16, eff. June 1, 2017.