Every month during the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature Dr. Robert Mace and Dr. Todd Votteler will provide an update on water-related legislation. The key water committees are Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs in the Senate, and Natural Resources in the House of Representatives. Senator Charles Perry has been re-appointed as Chairman of Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs. Representative Lyle Larson has been re-appointed as Chairman of House Natural Resources. Neither committee has held a hearing thus far.
Below is a list of some of the water-related bills that have been filed to date. In February, we will update you on the progress (if any) regarding key water-related bills.
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Note: There is no guarantee of accuracy on this sheet. Confirm status of any bill of interest at Texas Legislature Online.
Relating to the creation of an alert system to notify affected persons of certain releases of water from certain dams.
Relating to information on projected changes in weather and water availability in strategic plans of certain state agencies.
Relating to reports by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about dams that have certain hazard classifications.
Relating to requirements regarding a municipality's comprehensive plan for long-range development, including adoption of an environmental report.
Relating to a requirement to make certain environmental and water use permit applications available online.
Relating to the creation of the disaster reinvestment and infrastructure planning revolving fund and the permissible uses of that fund; making an appropriation.
Relating to the procedure by which a state agency may issue an opinion that a watercourse is navigable.
Relating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
Relating to the regulation of aggregate production operations by the Railroad Commission of Texas; authorizing a fee; providing administrative penalties and other civil remedies; creating criminal offenses.
Relating to the definition of "affected person" for purposes of a contested case hearing held by or for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding certain environmental permit applications.
Relating to appropriations of water for use in aquifer storage and recovery projects.
Relating to the duty of the Texas Water Development Board to conduct studies of and prepare and submit reports on aquifer storage and recovery.
Relating to the development of brackish groundwater.
Relating to a requirement that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality obtain or develop updated water availability models for certain river basins.
Relating to the authorization by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of the discharge, diversion, and transfer or other reuse of treated brackish groundwater and return flows derived from treated brackish groundwater.
Relating to the regulation of groundwater.
Relating to the state and regional water planning process.
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Relating to a restriction on permits authorizing direct discharges of waste or pollutants into water in certain areas of the Edwards Aquifer.
Relating to the authority of a county to adopt a land bank program.
Relating to the sale by certain municipalities of leased land located near the shoreline of a lake.
Relating to the eligibility of property used for a water desalination project for ad valorem tax benefits under the Texas Economic Development Act.
Relating to the penalty for failure to register certain aggregate production operations with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Relating to the regulation of aggregate production operation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; increasing an administrative penalty.
Relating to the creation and functions of the Lake Houston Watershed Commission.
Relating to the composition of the board of directors of the Gateway Groundwater Conservation District.
Relating to establishing the Texas Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission to study and address the impacts of climate change in this state.
Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.
Relating to the naming of a reservoir by certain water districts.
Relating to the eligibility of land used as an ecological laboratory for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.
Relating to the response to certain oil or gas well accidents by state agencies and responsible parties.
Relating to a landowner's liability for injuries incurred during certain recreational activities.
Relating to a seller's disclosure notice for residential property regarding floodplains, flood pools, or reservoirs.
Relating to state and regional flood planning.
Relating to funding of certain flood-related projects by the Texas Water Development Board and the reporting and administration of certain flood-related projects by the State Soil and Water Conservation Board.
Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Flood Plan Implementation Fund to assist in the financing of certain flood-related projects and the transfer to that fund of money from the economic stabilization fund.