Dear Alliance for a Clean Texas Friend,
The legislature is ramping up with bills quickly moving to the House and Senate floors. We need citizens like yourself to once again participate in the coordinated efforts of Alliance for Clean Texas (ACT) in contacting your legislators regarding good and bad bills moving through the House and Senate. Your participation in the legislative process can make a difference.
Today’s Friday alert regards critical bills of importance scheduled for a floor vote or committee hearings in the coming week.
OPPOSE SENATE BILL 109 IN COMMITTEE THIS COMING WEEK:
Call or email your local State Senator and ask them to reject SB 109, scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs on Monday at 2 pm or upon adjournment in E1.012.
SB 109 by Van Taylor - Relating to the procedure for action by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on an application for a water right.
This bill would set unrealistic deadlines for the Texas Commission’s on Environmental Quality’s review of a water rights permit such as that for a reservoir. This bill undermines public participation in the permitting and contested case process for such permits.
OPPOSE HOUSE BILL 1865 WITH YOUR REPRESENTATIVE THIS COMING WEEK:
Unfortunately, Senator Fraser’s SB 709, dealing with thwarting public participation in contested case hearings, passed this week in a vote on the Senate floor. We have received an alert today that its companion bill, HB 1865 by Morrison, is moving and may also be scheduled for a House floor vote this week. In anticipation of that, we urge you to call your Representative now and ask that they oppose HB 1865.
HB 1865 by Morrison - Relating to the environmental permitting procedures for applications filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
This bill limits the issues to be raised during the comment period and defines the time length of a hearing to 180 days from the preliminary hearing. It further shifts the burden of proof upon citizens in a contested case.
Should 1865 pass as its companion SB 709 already has, this bad bill will move onto Governor Abbott’s desk to become law.
SUPPORT HOUSE BILLS IN COMMITTEE NEXT WEEK:
Call or email your local State Representative and ask them to support HB 2392, scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee on Energy Resources on Monday at 2 pm or upon adjournment in E2.010.
HB 2392 by Anchia - Relating to the establishment of a residential energy efficiency loan program.
This bill would allow the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) to create a revolving loan program for homeowners using a concept known as WHEEL - Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans. Under the bill, a small amount of state money - from the Texas Emissions Reduction Program - would be set aside to start the fund, but the actual loans would be financed by private investors. The bill, if passed, would create another mechanism for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient.
Representative Anchia’s good climate bills, including HB 2078 to establish a Global Climate Change Commission and HB 2080 to require the state to establish a greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan, will also be heard on Monday, April 20 in the House Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs in Room E1.014.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19 - LEGISLATIVE CALL
On Sunday night at 7 pm, we will hold our weekly call where you can learn more details about these critical bills along with other proposed legislation and upcoming lobby days.
We will also report on the House and Senate floor votes of HB 40 - the oil and gas preemption bill by Darby, SB 931- the Renewable Portfolio Standard rollback bill by Sen. Fraser, and SB 709 – the contested case hearing bill by Sen. Fraser. We will note where their companion bills are in relation to these votes. We will also review a floor vote taken on SB 1336, the bill on the sporting good tax and its dedication to Parks & Wildlife funding, by Sen. Kolkhorst.
The toll free call-in number for this Sunday’s call at 7:00 pm is 866.501.6174
Follow the prompts. The code for the call is 31790031892
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
April 20-21 (Mon./Tue.) Sierra Club Lobby Day – Water Focus
To sign up for more information access the Sierra Club's Volunteer Lobby Days form.
Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) is a Texas coalition, where environmental, public interest, consumer-rights and faith groups have joined forces to work for clean, healthy communities.
Please join us in working to keep Texas clean, health, and safe for democracy!
Rita Beving & Associates
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