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leg+water: February Update

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 Water and Rural Affairs in the Senate, and Natural Resources in the House of Representatives. Both committees have held hearings since our last update in January. Thus far the hearings have been informational featuring invited testimony from key agencies and other organizations that have a significant interest or role in water issues. Recently, dozens of water-related bills were referred (assigned) to Senate Water and Rural Affairs and House Natural Resources. This is an indication that hearings on specific bills are likely to begin within the next few weeks.

Below is a list of some of the water-related bills that have been referred to one of the committees.

Click here to find information about upcoming hearings.

Note: There is no guarantee of accuracy on this sheet. Confirm status of any bill of interest at Texas Legislature Online.

Bill Author(s) Companion Caption
HB 26 Metcalf Relating to the creation of an alert system to notify affected persons of certain releases of water from certain dams.
HB 33 Metcalf Relating to recommendations for the appointment of directors of the San Jacinto River Authority.
HB 97 Rodriguez Relating to the eligibility of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.
HB 100 Johnson, Eric Relating to information on projected changes in weather and water availability in strategic plans of certain state agencies.
HB 137 Hinojosa Relating to reports by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about dams that have certain hazard classifications.
HB 219 Reynolds Relating to requirements regarding a municipality's comprehensive plan for long-range development, including adoption of an environmental report.
HB 245 Farrar Relating to a requirement to make certain environmental and water use permit applications available online.
HB 274 Davis, Sarah Relating to the creation of the disaster reinvestment and infrastructure planning revolving fund and the permissible uses of that fund; making an appropriation.
HB 298 Murr Relating to the procedure by which a state agency may issue an opinion that a watercourse is navigable.
HB 478 Phelan Relating to the procedure by which a state agency may issue an opinion that a watercourse is navigable.
HB 481 Kuempel Relating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
HB 509 Wilson 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.
HJR 11 González, Mary 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.
SB 59 Zaffirini Relating to certain images captured by an unmanned aircraft.
SB 81 Hall Relating to the naming of a reservoir by certain water districts.
SB 135 Nichols HB 639 Relating to the eligibility of land used as an ecological laboratory for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.
SB 185 Miles Relating to the response to certain oil or gas well accidents by state agencies and responsible parties.
SB 208 Campbell Relating to prohibiting the operation of concrete plants and crushing facilities at certain locations.
SB 230 Perry HB 687 Relating to a landowner's liability for injuries incurred during certain recreational activities.
SB 239 Nelson Relating to the requirements for meetings of certain special districts.
SB 241 Nelson Relating to certain required reports received or prepared by state agencies and other governmental entities.
SB 339 Huffman Relating to a seller's disclosure notice for residential property regarding floodplains, flood pools, or reservoirs.
SB 345 Creighton Relating to the use of land in the William Goodrich Jones State Forest.
SB 396 Perry Relating to state and regional flood planning.
SB 397 Perry 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.
SB 407 Birdwell Relating to the presiding officers of the boards of directors of river authorities.
SB 421 Kolkhorst Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority.
SB 465 Campbell Relating to a public database maintained by the comptroller of information about certain political subdivisions.
SB 515 Rodríguez Relating to a study by the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding the effects of the construction of a border wall on storm drainage and other environmental matters in this state.
SB 520 Campbell | et al. Relating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
SJR 28 Perry 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.

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