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This site is intended to provide links to and highlights of important water and environmental bills WEAT is tracking.WEAT actively tracks state legislation and testifies as appropriate through collaboration between our Executive Director, Julie Nahrgang, WEAT President and leadership, and WEAT Knowledge Committees.   During interim, regular and special sessions we actively track activities of the House Appropriations, and Senate Finance Committees, the House and Senate Committees on Natural Resources and the House Environmental Regulation Committee, among others.

Nationally, WEF’s Government Affairs Committee monitors activities in the U.S. Congress and important regulatory activity at federal agencies. Please visit the WEF website for more information.

For a listing of all bills tracked by WEAT from previous Legislative Sessions, please see our archives.

85th Session Bills
Bill
(click for status & text)
Summary Comments/Testimony

HB 91
White, James (R)

Relating to a review of occupational licensing requirements related to an applicant's criminal history.

 

HB 98
Martinez, Armando (D)

Relating to the requirements for newspaper notice of a public meeting on a permit issued under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

 

HB 101
Craddick, Tom(R)

Relating to the development of and contracting for reclaimed water facilities in certain municipalities.

 

HB 173
Lucio III, Eddie (D)

Relating to the licensing and regulation of certain rainwater harvesting; providing administrative penalties; authorizing fees; requiring an occupational license.

 

HB 174
Lucio III, Eddie (D)

Relating to the procedure for action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on an application for a water right.

 

HB 257
Ana Hernandez  

Relating to a report by the Texas Workforce Commission regarding the transition from military service to employment.

 

HB 352
Murr, Andrew (R)  

Relating to the procedure by which a state agency may issue an opinion that a watercourse is navigable.

 

HB 484
Springer, Drew (R)    

Relating to training required to qualify for or renew a license issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

 

HB 489
Gonzalez, Mary (D)

Relating to the creation of a waste tire dumping enforcement grant program.

 

HB 605
Workman, Paul (R)   

Relating to the consideration by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality of the economic impact of an appropriation of state water in determining whether to grant an application for the appropriation.

 

HB 614
Leach, Jeff (R)

Relating to the procedure for action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on an application for a water right.health nuisance.

 

HB 770
Davis, Yvonne (D)

Relating to the purchase of iron, steel, and manufactured goods made in the United States for certain state, state-aided, and governmental entity construction projects.

 

HB 773
Johnson, Eric (D)  

Relating to information on projected changes in weather, water availability, and climate variability in strategic plans of certain state agencies.

 

HB 815
Burkett, Cindy (R)  

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

 

HB 1115
Dutton, Harold (D)

Relating to the definition of "affected person" for purposes of a contested case hearing held by or for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding certain environmental permit applications.

 

HCR 43
David, Yvonne (D)

Directing the Texas Water Development Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to support the creation of a model water recycling project.

 

HJR 36
Gonzalez, Mary (D)
Miller, Doug(R)

Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board to provide assistance to economically distressed areas.

 

HB 1222
Rinaldi, Matt (R)

Relating to the suspension of certain licenses held by private employers for the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in this state.

 

HB 1250
Wray, John (R)

Relating to the authority of certain counties to prohibit the land application of certain sewage sludge in the county or in a portion of the county.

 

HB 1290
Roberts, Kevin (R)

Relating to the required repeal of a state agency rule before adoption of a new state agency rule.

 

SB 189
Uresti, Carlos (D)  

Relating to notice of an application for a permit to drill certain injection wells within a certain distance of a groundwater conservation district.

 

SB 210
Kolkhorst, Lois (R)  

Relating to the required repeal or amendment of two state agency rules before adoption of a new state agency rule that increases costs to regulated persons.

 

SB 225
Taylor, Van (R)  

Relating to the referral by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the State Office of Administrative Hearings of an issue regarding an application for a water right.

 

SB 226
Taylor, Van (R)

Relating to the procedure for action on certain applications for an amendment to a water right.

 

SB 382
Burton, Konni (R)

Relating to donation of unused prescription drugs.

 

SB 538
Hinojosa, Chuy (D)

Relating to state and local planning for and responses to drought.

 

SB 546
Kolkorst, Lois (R)

Relating to the quality of water provided by public drinking water supply systems to state supported living centers.

 


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