WEAT Regulatory Affairs - 83rd Session

83rd Session Bill Highlights
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Summary Comments/Testimony

HB 4

Relating to the creation and funding of the state water implementation fund for Texas to assist the Texas Water Development Board in the funding of certain water-related projects.

WEAT Testimony

Link to archived Committee meeting video

H2O4Texas Support Document

HB 11

Relating to the appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund to finance certain water-related projects. NOT PASSED
See SJR 1 AND HB 1025

HB 19

Relating to the appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund to finance certain transportation infrastructure and water-related projects. NOT PASSED

HB 45/SB162

Relating to the occupational licensing of members of the military and spouses of members of the military.

HB 45 and SB162 are companion bills.

PASSED
HB 87

Relating to regulation of an individual's occupation.

NOT PASSED

HB 147/HB426

Relating to the regulatory analysis of rules proposed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

NOT PASSED

HB 168/SB 902

Relating to the operation, powers, and duties of certain water districts.

HB 168 and SB 902 are companion bills.

SB 902 PASSED

HB 178/SB 342

Relating to exemption from the sales tax for certain water efficient products for a limited period.

HB 178 and SB 342 are companion bills.

NOT PASSED

HB 227

Relating to the appropriation of money from the economic stabilization fund to be used for the purposes of the water infrastructure fund during the next state fiscal biennium. NOT PASSED

HB 252

Requires that all retail public utilities to report how long they have available water supplies to TCEQ.  The bill includes additional notification requirements for utilities with supplies of less than 180 days.

PASSED

The House Natural Resources Committee will meet 8:00AM, Tuesday, March 5 and hear testimony on HB 252, HB 776, HB 824, HB 839, and HB 907. Live streaming will be available at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/

HB 254

Requires that retail public utilities to bill farms and community gardens for actual wastewater use only. NOT PASSED

HB 340

Relating to the power of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to authorize certain injection wells that transect or terminate in the Edwards Aquifer. See SB 1532 (PASSED)

HB 569

Relating to a study on the stringency of state environmental standards. NOT PASSED

HB 597

Relating to boater education and examinations on preventing the spread of exotic harmful or potentially harmful aquatic plants, fish, and shellfish. PASSED

HB 757

Relating to the eligibility requirements for occupational licenses issued to applicants with military experience. NOT PASSED

HB 824/SB 584

Relating to a volume-based exemption from reporting requirements for accidential discharges or spills from wastewater facilities.

HB 824 and SB 584 are companion bills.

NOT PASSED

The House Natural Resources Committee will meet 8:00AM, Tuesday, March 5 and hear testimony on HB 252, HB 776, HB 824, HB 839, and HB 907. Live streaming will be available at: http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/

HB 841

Relating to the establishment of the Texas Center for Innovative Desalination Technology at the University of Houston in partnership with the The University of Texas at El Paso.

NOT PASSED

See HCR 59

HB 857

Relating to the frequency of water audits by certain retail public utilities. PASSED

HB 970

Relating to regulation of cottage food products and cottage food production operations. PASSED

HB 1025

Relating to making supplemental appropriations and reductions in appropriations and giving direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations. PASSED

HB 1108

Relating to the services that a registered drain cleaner may perform without the supervision of a licensed master plumber. NOT PASSED

HB 1121

Relating to limiting the liability of persons who employ certain license holders with criminal convictions. NOT PASSED

HB 1173

Relating to a credit against the ad valorem taxes imposed on property on which certain water conservation systems have been installed. NOT PASSED

HB 1189

Relating to interstate cooperation to address regional water issues. NOT PASSED

HB 1241

Relating to the adoption of rules by the Parks and Wildlife Commission to protect the public water of this state. PASSED

HB 1307/SB 567

Relating to interstate cooperation to address regional water issues.

HB 1307 and SB 567 are companion bills.

SB 567 PASSED

HB 1317

Relating to the authority of certain municipalities to provide sewer service to areas within the municipal boundaries without obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity. NOT PASSED

HB 1460

Relating to the use of land and water for wildlife management. NOT PASSED

HB 1461

Relating to customer notification of significant water loss by a retail public utility. PASSED

HB 1473/SB 645

Relating to water quality improvement and pollution reduction through beverage container recycling incentives; assessing a fee; providing penalties.

HB 1473 and SB 645 are companion bills.

NOT PASSED

HB 1509/SB 654

Relating to the enforcement of water conservation and animal care and control ordinances of a municipality by civil action or quasi-judicial enforcement; providing civil penalties.

HB 1509 and SB 654 are companion bills.

SB 654 PASSED

HB 1600/SB 206

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, to the transfer of certain functions from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and to the functions of the Office of Public Utility Counsel; authorizing a fee.

HB 1600 and SB 206 are companion bills.

PASSED

HB 1714

Relating to the discontinuance of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's compliance history program.

NOT PASSED

HB 2046/SB 1024

Relating to a study evaluating and making recommendations for wastewater management in the contributing zone of the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer.

HB 2046 and SB 1024 are companion bills.

NOT PASSED

HB 2082/SB 957

Relating to the procedure for action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on applications for certain environmental permits and administrative and judicial review of the commission's action.

HB 2082 and SB 957 are companion bills.

NOT PASSED

HB 2105/SB 1817

Relating to municipally owned utility systems.

HB 2105 and SB 1817 are companion bills.

PASSED

HB 2179/SB 1456

Relating to the regulation of backflow prevention assembly testers by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners; authorizing a fee.

HB 2179 and SB 1456 are companion bills.

NOT PASSED

HB 2334

Relating to the regulation, development, and treatment of brackish and  marine water.

NOT PASSED

See HCR 59

HB 2340

Relating to the establishment of the Texas First Investment Fund.

NOT PASSED

HB 2708

Relating to the imposition of a tax on water consumption by certain residential water customers and the use of the revenue generated by the tax to finance water projects; providing for penalties; authorizing a fee.

NOT PASSED

HB 2996

Relating to regulation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of the land application of Class B sludge.

NOT PASSED

HB 2997

Relating to regulation by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of the land application of Class B sludge.

NOT PASSED

HB 3255

Relating to the sale of soil products by a political subdivision.

NOT PASSED

HB 3289

Relating to the licensing of professionals engaged in Texas pollutant discharge elimination system-related stormwater activity.

NOT PASSED

SJR 1

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan.

PASSED

Consitutional Amendment must be passed by voters in November

SB 4

Relating to the administration and functions of the Texas Water Development Board.

NOT PASSED

See HB 4, SJR 1, and HB 1025

SB 22

Relating to the administration of the Texas Water Development Board; making an appropriation from the economic stabilization fund to finance certain water-related projects.

NOT PASSED

See HB 4, SJR 1, and HAB 1025

SB 204/HB 1676

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers; changing a fee.

SB 204 and HB 1676 are companion bills.

PASSED

SB 224

Relating to the availability of money from the economic stabilization fund to be used for purposed of projects in the state water plan. NOT PASSED

SB 235

Relating to the creation of regional authorities for water infrastructure projects. NOT PASSED

SB 467

Relating to the regulatory analysis of rules proposed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

NOT PASSED

SB 567/HB 1307

Relating to rates for water services, to the transfer of functions relating to the economic regulation of water and sewer service from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to other Public Utility Commission of Texas, and to the duties of the Office of Public Utility Counsel regarding the economic regulation of water service.

SB 567 and HB 1307 are companion bills.

PASSED

SB 584

Relating to the volume-based exemption from reporting requirements for accidental discharges or spills from wastewater facilities. NOT PASSED

SB 589

Relating to the designation of certain river or stream segments as being of unique ecological value.

NOT PASSED

SB 634/HB 1932

Relating to regulating faulty on-site sewage disposal systems in the unincorporated areas of a county as a public nuisance; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 634 and HB 1932 are companion bills.

PASSED

SB 668

Relating to the reports and recommendations of the Water Conservation Advisory Council.

NOT PASSED

SB 923

Relating to the creation and funding of the state water plan fund to assist the Texas Water Development Board in the funding of certain projects included in the state water plan; imposing a fee and a surcharge.

NOT PASSED