Every month during the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature Dr. Robert Mace and Dr. Todd Votteler provide an update on water-related legislation. The key water committees are Water and Rural Affairs in the Senate (SWRA), and Natural Resources in the House (HNR). Thus far, legislation related to flooding impacts from Hurricane Harvey and statewide flood planning has dominated the water-related efforts of SWRA and HNR. The House has now approved Senate Bill 7 and Senate Bill 8 (see below), which are the key flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure bills. These bills transfer money from the state’s rainy day fund to pay for Hurricane Harvey recovery and to plan and prepare for future flood events. On the Senate side, House Bill 2846 was passed. This bill forces the City of Houston to sell its water rights in the Allens Creek Reservoir project, but the legislation is opposed by the city.
The legislative session is wrapping up. This means that legislation that has not been passed out of both the Senate and the House faces very long odds. Can a bill still make it through the process in the other chamber and reach the Governor’s desk before the final gavel on May 27? The decreasing odds of passage are reflected in the list of bills you see below as we are only including those bills that have been passed by either the Senate or House, and which have also been passed out of the key committee in the other chamber.
Click on a bill to find the status and actions taken by the Legislature. 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.
Green = bill passed!
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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 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 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 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 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 407,Birdwell,HB 2663,Relating to the presiding officers of the boards of directors of river authorities
SB 421,Kolkhorst,HB 991,Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority
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 881,Campbell,HB 1904,Relating to withdrawals of water from the Edwards Aquifer to supply a military installation
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 1205,Campbell et al.,-,”Relating to an appropriation of money from the general revenue fund to the State Soil and Water Conservation Board for the purpose of eradicating Carrizo cane, contingent on the receipt of federal funds for the same purpose”
SB 1574,Alvarado,HB 1983,Relating to the duties of the Texas Water Development Board.
SB 2126,Creighton and Buckingham,-,”Relating to taking sand, gravel, marl, shell, and mudshell from the San Jacinto River and its tributaries”
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