85th Texas Legislature Regular Session Update – April 04, 2017

The 85th Legislature has been assigning bills to house and senate committees, and some bills have made it out of committee. You can read more on the Texas Senate News page and on the Texas House of Representatives News page. The last day of the 85th Legislature is May 29, 2017.

  • More than half of pre-filed bills have been assigned to a committee. Most of the bills assigned to a committee are waiting for a public hearing, or have already had a public hearing and are left pending. No bills have been passed by the legislature (other than resolutions).
  • Texas Campaign for the Environment has created an interactive map that includes leaking landfills here in Texas. Per their website, they are supporting SB 551 which would prevent bad permit applications from being re-filed after having been denied by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
  • The Legislative Reference Library provides a detailed chart containing statistics of the 85th Legislature as well as previous sessions. Here is a chart of the 85th Legislature, and here is a chart of the 84th legislature along with all previous sessions.
  • Air Alliance Houston encourages you to learn about the importance of HB 1927. Air Alliance Houston provides an informative Toxic Alert Fact Sheet that explains what the bill entails and what toxic emergencies Houston had in 2016. Update 4/4/17: This bill is pending in the committee.

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85th Texas Legislature Regular Session Update – March 30, 2017

The 85th Legislature has been assigning bills to house and senate committees, and some bills have made it out of committee. You can read more on the Texas Senate News page and on the Texas House of Representatives News page.

The Legislative Reference Library provides a detailed chart containing statistics of the 85th Legislature as well as previous sessions. Here is a chart of the 85th Legislature, and here is a chart of the 84th legislature along with all previous sessions.

The current proposal for cuts to the EPA could have an impact on Texas’ environment. Air Alliance Houston wrote an article explaining this topic more in depth and what certain issues may arise.

The League of Conservation Voters is closely watching HB 2395: relating to testing for lead contamination in both public and charter school drinking water. This bill is currently in committee and has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

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Updates on Committees & Bills in the 85th Legislative Session

  • Agriculture & Livestock – Met on March 29
    • Bills to note:
      • Bills pending/in committee:
        • HB 1535 – prohibition of pesticides on public road rights of way
  • Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs – Met on March 27
    • Bills to note:
      • Bills pending/in committee:
        • SB 189 – permit to drill injection wells
        • SB 538 – planning for responses to drought
        • SB 1454 – study/approval of lethal pesticides
      • Bills out of committee:
        • SB 546 – quality of water by public drinking water supply
  • Business & Commerce – Met on March 21
    • Bills pending/in committee:
      • SB 59 – energy and water management planning for state agencies and institutions of higher education
      • SB 103 – provision of bags
        • Senator Borris Miles signed a petition in favor of the bag ordinance
      • SB 733 – sanitation and safety requirements for certain artificial bodies of water
  • Energy Resources – Scheduled to meet April 3
    • BIlls to note:
      • Bills pending/in committee:
        • HB 1168 – mineral use of land subdivided for energy development
        • HB 1931 – duties of State Energy Conservation Office, clean energy projects
        • HB 2488 – treatment and recycling for beneficial use of drill cuttings
  • Environmental Regulation – Met on March 28
    • Bills to note:
      • Bills pending/in committee:
      • Bills scheduled for a hearing:
      • Bills out of committee:
        • HB 1515 – dry cleaner environmental response program
        • HB 1619 – prosecution and punishment for outdoor burning
  • Land & Resource Management – Met on March 28
    • Bills pending/in committee:
      • HB 1625 – Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1991
    • Bills out of committee:
      • HCR 106 – storm surge barrier on Texas coast
  • Natural Resources – Met on March 29
    • Bills pending/in committee:
      • HB 1318 – regulation of production of wells
    • Bills scheduled for a hearing:
      • HB 31 – regulation of groundwater
  • Natural Resources & Economic Development – Scheduled to meet on March 30
    • Bills pending/in committee:
      • SB 1045 – public notice requirements for air quality permit applicants
      • SB 1046 – Texas emissions reduction plan funding
      • SB 1064 – outdoor burning
    • Bills out of committee:
      • SB 26 – Texas emissions reduction plan
      • SB 570 – regulation of scrap tires
  • State Affairs – Met on March 21
    • Bills pending/in committee:
      • HB 2204 – water projects, treatment works, flood control measures
  • Urban Affairs – Met on March 14
    • Bills pending/in committee:

Read on for a list of recently filed bills pertaining to the environment.

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

The 85th Legislature has been assigning bills to house and senate committees, and some bills have made it out of committee. You can read more on the Texas Senate News page and on the Texas House of Representatives News page.

Update for SB 103: Relating to the provision of bags to customers of a business at the point of sale: The Senate Business & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday, March 14, 2017, and a number of groups–including Texas Campaign for the Environment, Galveston Bay Foundation, and Surfriders–were present to make opposing arguments. The bill was left pending in committee.

Earthworks Texas chapter is closely watching House Bill 3403: Relating to the authority of a municipality to require that certain oil and gas operations be set back a certain distance from child-care facilities and schools. This bill challenges legislation passed two years ago that restricts the limits that cities can impose on urban oil/gal drilling. The bill has not been assigned to a committee.

Let us know what legislation you are watching!

Additional resources:

Updates on Committees & Bills in the 85th Legislative Session

Read on for a list of recently filed bills pertaining to the environment.

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