85th Texas Legislature Regular Session Update – February 21, 2017

The Texas Legislature has filed the following bills for consideration during Texas’ 85th legislative session. The session began on January 10, 2017. March 10, 2017, is the deadline for filing most bills. While the Legislature has begun referring bills to committees, the committees pertaining to environmental bills have not yet begun to meet. You can read more on the Texas Senate News page and on the Texas House of Representatives News page.

The Houston Chronicle published an informative article on Tuesday, “Bill would create alerts for chemical releases,” in which Air Alliance Houston’s Adrian Shelley is quoted.

Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) is an organization that promotes protecting the land, air, and water throughout the state of Texas.  Their website, as well as their weekly newsletters, are a great tool to learn more about current environmental issues, organizations that partner with the ACT, and current legislation updates. If you would like to sign up for their newsletter, click here! CEC member organizations that are part of the Alliance include Air Alliance HoustonEnvironment Texas, Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, Texas Campaign for the Environment, and the Texas League of Conservation Voters.

 

Bills Assigned to a Committee

  • HB 544: Natural Resources
  • HB 572: Agriculture & Livestock
  • HB 815: Environmental Regulation
  • HB 838: Environmental Regulation
  • HB 922: Natural Resources
  • HCR 43: Natural Resources
  • SB 675: Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs

Committee Meetings

85th Texas Legislature Regular Session Update – February 14, 2017

The Texas Legislature has filed the following bills for consideration during Texas’ 85th legislative session. The session began on January 10, 2017. March 10, 2017, is the deadline for filing most bills. While the Legislature has begun referring bills to committees, the committees have not yet begun meeting.

You can read more on the Texas Senate News page, the Texas House of Representatives News page, and from the Texas Tribune. (If you have a favorite source of info, please share!)

Additional resources:

House Bills

  • HB 1481 – Relating to the abolition of the fee established by the commissioner of the General Land Office for processing applications for terminal facility discharge prevention and response certificates. (in companion with SB 743)
  • HB 1648 – Relating to the designation of a water conservation coordinator by a retail public water utility to implement a water conservation plan.
  • HB 1662 – Relating to the appeal of the additional ad valorem taxes imposed as a result of certain changes in the use of agricultural land, open-space land, and timber land.
  • HB 1672 – Relating to the regulation of prescribed burning by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
  • HB 1685 – Relating to the authority of the General Land Office to sell retail electric power.
  • HB 1717 – Relating to wind energy conversion systems and facilities and the rights of owners of land on which the systems and facilities are located; providing an administrative penalty.
  • HB 1818 – Relating to the continuation and functions of the Railroad Commission of Texas; providing for the imposition of fees.
  • HB 1856 – Relating to the creation of a defense under the Solid Waste Disposal Act for persons engaged in certain recycling transactions.
  • HB 1862 – Relating to the designation of certain river or stream segments as being of unique ecological value. (None of the segments are in the greater Houston region.)
  • HB 1903 – Relating to the use of toll project revenue for air quality projects. (This bill proposes to prohibit use of toll revenue for air quality projects.)
  • HJR 68 – Proposing a constitutional amendment repealing the provision which subjects land designated for agricultural use to an additional tax when the land is diverted to a purpose other than agricultural use or sold.

Senate Bills

  • SB 781 – Relating to a limitation on the location of solid waste facilities.
  • SB 782 – Relating to the ownership and local regulation of trees and timber. (This bill proposes to prohibit a city or county from trimming or removing trees or timber on the landowners land, but allowing for a city or county to assess a mitigation fee.)
  • SB 821 – Relating to the qualifications for membership on the Texas Water Development Board.
  • SB 822 – Relating to the transfer of certain property in Austin from The University of Texas System to the Parks and Wildlife Department.
  • SB 864 – Relating to the procedure for obtaining a right to use state water if the applicant proposes an alternative source of water that is not state water.
  • SB 866 – Relating to the use of money in the state water pollution control revolving fund.

Common Authors & Counties they Represent

 

85th Texas Legislature Regular Session Update – February 7, 2017

The Texas Legislature has filed the following bills for consideration during Texas’ 85th legislative session. The session began on January 10, 2017. March 10, 2017, is the deadline for filing most bills. While the Legislature has begun referring bills to committees, the committees have not yet begun meeting.

You can read more on the Texas Senate News page, the Texas House of Representatives News page, and from the Texas Tribune. (If you have a favorite source of info, please share!)

Additional resources:

Common Topics this week

  • Name of the Texas Rail Road Commission
  • Texas Rail Road Commission’s restrictions and their enforcements
  • Waste tire usage
  • Texas’ emissions reduction plan

House Bills

  • HB 1437– Relating to the use of funding local initiative projects for litter reduction.
  • HB 1471– Relating to the eligibility of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land on the basis of its use for wildlife management.
  • HB 1472– Relating to investment by a public junior college district of public funds received from the management and development of mineral rights.
  • HB 1493 – Relating to requirements for the construction of a natural gas pipeline in a municipality.
  • HB 1519 – Relating to requirements for the construction of a natural gas pipeline.
  • HB 1535 – Relating to the prohibition of certain pesticides on public road rights-of-way.
  • HB 1536 – Relating to a study and report by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on the use of green stormwater infrastructure in this state.
  • HB 1546 – Relating to the operations of the Department of Public Safety, Parks and Wildlife Department, and state military forces in the border region.
  • HB 1565 – Relating to a waiver of certain state park fees for military service members and veterans.
  • HB 1571 – Relating to the use of local government energy savings performance contracts for measures that avoid expected future operating or maintenance costs.
  • HB 1572 – Relating to a property owner’s right to remove a tree or vegetation that the owner believes poses a fire risk.
  • HB 1584 – Relating to the implementation of county solid waste management programs.
  • HB 1597 – Relating to the recovery of stranded oil, gas, or oil and gas from depleting Cenozoic Era reservoirs.
  • HB 1603 – Relating to certain powers and duties of the Palo Duro River Authority of Texas.
  • HB 1619 – Relating to the prosecution and punishment of certain outdoor burning violations.
  • HB 1625 – Relating to the procedures for the enforcement by the General Land Office of the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991.

Senate Bills

  • SB 722 – Relating to a fee for participation in the Managed Lands Deer Program of the Parks and Wildlife Department.
  • SB 726 – Relating to elections held by the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District.
  • SB 733 – Relating to the sanitation and safety requirements for certain artificial bodies of water maintained for public recreational purposes.
  • SB 736 – Relating to the authority of the General Land Office to sell retail electric power.
  • SB 743 – Relating to the abolition of the fee established by the commissioner of the General Land Office for processing applications for terminal facility discharge prevention and response certificates.
  • SB 744 -Relating to a tree planting credit to offset tree mitigation fees imposed by a municipality.
  • SB 746 – Relating to a prohibition of the land application of grit or grease trap waste.
  • SB 749 – Relating to certain charges by the Bastrop County Water Control and Improvement District No. 2; authorizing an increase in a fee.
  • SB 768 – Relating to the Texas emissions reduction plan, including the eligibility for grants for natural gas fueling stations under the Texas natural gas vehicle grant program.

Common Authors & Counties they Represent