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leg+water: June 2019

Every month during the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature, Dr. Robert Mace and Dr. Todd Votteler have provided an update on water-related legislation. The key water committees were Water and Rural Affairs in the Senate, and Natural Resources in the House. Read this month’s Q&A with the Chairman of those committees here to find out how the Chairman assess the results of the 86th Session.

Well, it’s all over but the shouting. The legislative session is done, and Governor Abbott has rendered his verdict with the swish of a pen, or the whomp of a veto stamp. In total some 53 bills with a significant water nexus that made it through the 86th Legislature to the Governor’s office and are now set to become law on September 1 (some became law immediately).

Below is the list of survivors. Click on a bill to find the status and actions taken by the Legislature.

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 137 Hinojosa - Relating to reports by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about dams that have certain hazard classifications.
HB 639 Springer SB 135 Relating to the eligibility of land used as an ecological laboratory for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.
HB 687 Guillen SB 230 Relating to a landowner's liability for injuries incurred during certain recreational activities.
HB 720 Larson - Relating to appropriations of water for use in aquifer storage and recovery projects.
HB 721 Larson - Relating to the duty of the Texas Water Development Board to conduct studies of and prepare and submit reports on aquifer storage and recovery.
HB 723 Larson SB 724 Relating to a requirement that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality obtain or develop updated water availability models for certain river basins.
HB 807 Larson - Relating to the state and regional water planning process
HB 837 Geren SB 823 Relating to the sale by certain municipalities of leased land located near the shoreline of a lake.
HB 907 Huberty SB 2123 Relating to the penalty for failure to register certain aggregate production operations with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
HB 1019 Muñoz, Jr. Relating to the authority of certain water districts to exercise the power of eminent domain.
HB 1052 Larson - Relating to the authority of the Texas Water Development Board to use the state participation account of the water development fund to provide financial assistance for the development of certain facilities.
HB 1066 Ashby SB 800 Relating to extensions of an expired permit for the transfer of groundwater from a groundwater conservation district.
HB 1181 Guillen - Relating to the regulation of commercial catfish fishing on Falcon Lake.
HB 1263 Thompson, Ed - Relating to an order by a drainage district to maintain certain infrastructure.
HB 1300 Hunter SB 682 Relating to cultivated oyster mariculture; authorizing fees; creating a criminal offense.
HB 1506 Perez SB 1694 Relating to authorizing a regulatory authority to establish reduced water and sewer utility rates funded by donations for the benefit of certain low-income customers.
HB 1896 Phelan SB 938 Relating to the applicability of the requirements relating to the adoption of a new state agency rule by the Parks and Wildlife Department.
HB 1964 Ashby - Relating to the procedure for action on certain applications for an amendment to a water right.
HB 2272 Nichols et al. - Relating to the procedure for amending or revoking certificates of public convenience and necessity issued to certain water utilities.
HB 2729 Minjarez SB 1647 Relating to the administration, duties, and operation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority; authorizing a fee.
HB 2771 Lozano SB 1585 Relating to the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to issue permits for the discharge into water of this state of produced water, hydrostatic test water, and gas plant effluent resulting from certain oil and gas activities.
HB 2846 Larson - Relating to the sale of the Allens Creek Reservoir project.
HB 3339 Dominguez SB 2331 Relating to requirements for programs of water conservation and water conservation plans.
HB 3656 Murr - Relating to the transfer of certain permitted irrigation water rights related to a certain portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
HB 3663 Frank - Relating to the powers and duties of the North Central Texas Municipal Water Authority.
HJR 4 Phelan et al. SJR 51/HJR 81 Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.
SB 7 Creighton et al. - Relating to flood control planning and the funding of flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects.
SB 8 Perry et al. - Relating to state and regional flood planning.
SB 64 Nelson - Relating to cyber security for information resources.
SB 230 Perry HB 687 Relating to a landowner's liability for injuries incurred during certain recreational activities.
SB 239 Nelson HB 1356 Relating to the requirements for meetings of certain special districts.
SB 241 Nelson HB 1788 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 HB 792 Relating to the use of land in the William Goodrich Jones State Forest.
SB 483 Campbell HB 1044 Relating to permits for certain injection wells that transect a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
SB 520 Campbell | et al. HB 481 Relating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.
SB 530 Birdwell HB 1267 Relating to civil and administrative penalties assessed or imposed for violations of laws protecting drinking water, public water supplies, and bodies of water.
SB 563 Perry - Relating to the reporting of information about the use of federal money for flood research, planning, and mitigation projects.
SB 606 Watson | et al. HB 1502 Relating to the Lower Colorado River Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.
SB 625 Birdwell HB 1321/HB 3289 Relating to the Nueces River Authority, following recommendations of the Sunset Advisory Commission.
SB 700 Nichols | et al. HB 1587 Relating to the regulation of certain classes of retail public water utilities.
SB 755 Hinojosa HB 1928 Relating to the administration, powers, and duties of certain navigation districts.
SB 872 Perry HB 925 Relating to the composition of the board of directors of the Gateway Groundwater Conservation District.
SB 911 Hinojosa - Relating to the supervision of water districts by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
SB 942 Johnson et al. HB 2023 Relating to the use of money in the state water pollution control revolving fund.
SB 1041 Taylor HB 1617 Relating to the deadline by which the Texas Water Development Board is required to identify and designate brackish groundwater production zones for certain areas of the state.
SB 1574 Alvarado HB 1983 Relating to the duties of the Texas Water Development Board.
SB 2272 Nichols et al. HB 4254 Relating to the procedure for amending or revoking certificates of public convenience and necessity issued to certain water utilities.
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