WEAT Regulatory Affairs - 82nd Session

Overview of Water Related Legislation; by Carol Batterton,September 20, 2011

Important Changes from the TCEQ Sunset Legislation; by Diane Mazuca, September 20, 2011

82nd Session Bill Highlights
Bill Keywords Summary Rule Project No. and Schedule Comments

HB
451

Surface Water, Illegal Dumping Relating to the creation of a Don't Mess with Texas Water Program to prevent illegal dumping that affects the surface waters of this state    

HB 571
Environment, Mines & Mineral Resources, Rock Quarries & Pits, TCEQ

Relating to the regulation of certain aggregate production operations by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; providing penalties

SB 160 and HB 571 are companion bills

2011-045-342-OW
Proposal 1-11-12
Adoption 6-27-12

 

 

HB
805

Auxiliary Power Relating to the requirement that certain water service providers ensure emergency operations during extended power outage- Filed version limited to drinking water plants in or adjacent to Harris County

Rule Proposed
April 2012
Rule Adoption
Fall 2012

Implementation has begun.
EPPs due 2-1-12

HB
965

Operator, Continuing Education, Wastewater License, Water License Relating to continuing education requirements for persons holding licenses issued by the TCEQ on Environmental Quality

2011-044-030-WS
Proposed 3-7-12
Public hearing
4-12-12
Adoption 7-1-12

HB 965 WEAT Testimony


SB 1140

 

Property damages, Sanitary System Backup, Damages Payment

Relating to payment by a water control and improvement district for certain damages caused by the district's operation of a sanitary sewer system

 

Effective immediately

 

SB 1140
Passed

HB 2619

Emergency Preparedness Plan, Critical Load Status, Public Utility Commission

 

Relating to the submission of information about critical water and wastewater facilities

Effective immediately

PUC, Office of Emergency Management

 

HB 2694

TCEQ, Sunset Provisions, On-site Wastewater Treatment Research Council

 

Relating to the continuation and functions of the TCEQ and abolishing the On-site Wastewater Treatment Research Council

Compliance History

 

 

Emforcement Policy

 

 

 

Penalties and SEPS

 


2011-032-060-CE
Stakeholder mtg.
9-22-11
Proposal 1-25-12
Adoption 6-27-12

2011-034-070-CE
Stakeholder mtg.
2-6-11
Stakeholder mtg.
8-2-11
Proposal 3-28-12
Adoption 8-8-12

Guidance adoption
9-28-11

HB 2694 WEAT Testimony


WEAT and TACWA comments dated
10-7-11

 


WEAT comments dated 8-30-11

 

 


WEAT comments dated 9-9-11

HB
3391
Rainwater Harvesting, Promotion of On-site Reclaimed System Technologies Relating to rainwater harvesting and other water conservation initiatives 2011-057-290-OW
Rulemaking and guidance
Proposal 7-11-12
Adoption 12-5-12
 

SB
181

Utilities - Water & Sewer Water - Conservation, TCEQ, TWDB Relating to the reporting of water conservation measures by municipalities and water utilities 2011-058-288-OW
Proposal 6-27-12
Adoptoin 11-14-12
 

SB 360

Rural Water, Assistance Fund

Relating to the composition and use of money in the rural water assistance fund


Effective 9-1-11

TWDB


SB 449/
SJR 16

Open-space Land, Water Stewardship, Tax Credits

Relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity

SJR 16 is a constitutional amendment to SB 449

 

Constitutional Amendment Failed in Nov. 8 General Election

 

SB 660 TWDB, Sunset Provision

Relating to a the review and functions of the Texas Water Development Board, including the functions of the board and related entities in connection with the process for establishing and appealing desired future conditions in a groundwater management area

 

See SB 181

 

 

SB 1073/
HB 3372
Rainwater Harvesting System Standards, Cross-Connection Safe-Guards

Relating to standards for a structure that is connected to a public water supply system and has a rainwater harvesting system

SB 1073 and HB 3372 are companion bills

2011-057-290-OW
Rulemaking and guidance
Proposal 7-11-12
Adoption 12-05-12

See HB 3391

 


SB 1140

 

Property damages, Sanitary System Backup, Damages Payment

Relating to payment by a water control and improvement district for certain damages caused by the district's operation of a sanitary sewer system

 

Effective immediately

 

 

SJR 4

Constitutional Amendment, TWDB, Bonds, Water Development

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the TWDB

 

 

Constitutional Amendment Passed in Nov. 8 General Election



82nd Session | Other Bills of Interest
Bill Summary Rule Project No. and Schedule Comments
       
HB
240
Relating to requiring TCEQ to adopt rules preventing accidental or unintentional access to on-site sewage disposal systems    
HB
628
Relating to contracts by governmental entities and related professional services and to public works performance and payment bonds    

SB 737

Relating to the management of groundwater production by groundwater
conservation districts

 

 

 

 

HB
2507
Relating to the offense of installing an irrigation system without a license    
HB 2729

Relating to local government authority to develop public infrastructure and facilities

HB 2729 and SB 1654 are companion bills

 

 

 

SB
18
Relating to the use of eminent domain authority    
SB
332
Relating to the vested ownership interest in groundwater beneath the surface and the right to produce that groundwater    
SB
430
Relating to written notice to a groundwater conservation district of groundwater contamination    

HB 1981

Relating to measuring, monitoring, and reporting emissions

 

 

 

 

SB
737
Relating to the management of groundwater production by groundwater conservation districts    
SB
924
Relating to energy efficiency reports by municipally owned utilities and electric cooperatives    
SB
1048
Relating to the creation of public and private facilities and infrastructure