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.
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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 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 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.