ACT Legislative Alert - April 24, 2015

Dear Alliance for a Clean Texas Friend,

The Texas State Legislature has less than 60 days left in the session. Bills are quickly moving to the House and Senate floors. We need citizens like yourself to once again participate in the coordinated efforts of Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) by 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 addresses critical bills of importance scheduled for a floor vote in the coming week.


OPPOSE THESE HOUSE BILLS BY CONTACTING YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE 

Call or email your local State Representative and ask them to reject both HB 1794, scheduled for a floor vote on Monday, April 27, and HB 1865, which we anticipate will be scheduled for a floor vote sometime next week.

HB 1794 by Geren

Relating to suits brought by local governments for violations of certain laws under the jurisdiction of, or rules adopted or orders or permits issued by, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; affecting civil penalties.

This bill limits the assessment of penalties to a polluter of not less than $50 nor more than $25,000 per day for 120 days. After 120 days, the amount is capped at $1000 per day. The amount also sets a statute of limitations of filing suit within 5 years.

HB 1865 by Morrison

Relating to the environmental permitting procedures for applications filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

HB 1865 has been sent to the House Calendars committee and may be scheduled for a House floor vote this coming week. 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 to citizens in a contested case.

Should HB 1865 pass like the companion Senate bill, SB 709, this bad bill will move onto Governor Abbott’s desk to become law.

SUPPORT THIS HOUSE BILL IN COMMITTEE

This bill will be taken up in Environmental Regulation with a public hearing, Tuesday, April 28 at 8 am in E1.026.

HB 3069 by Rodriguez, Eddie

Relating to the authority and obligations of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Public Utility Commission of Texas to comply with and implement a Clean Power Plan.

This bill requires various state agencies to work collaboratively to devise a plan to comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.


SUNDAY, APRIL 27 - 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 and moving legislation.

We will also review any important House and Senate floor votes this past week and what bills have moved out of Committee.

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


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 defending our communities’ ability to keep Texas clean, health, and safe for democracy!

Sincerely,

Rita Beving & Associates
ACT Coordinator
Rita.beving@gmail.com

ACT Member Organizations include:

                  Air Alliance Houston
                  Clean Water Action
                  Environment Texas
                  Environmental Defense Fund
                  Environmental Integrity Project
                  Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
                  Hill Country Alliance
                  National Wildlife Federation
                  Public Citizen
                  SEED Coalition
                  Sierra Club
                  Texas Campaign for the Environment
                  Texas Center for Policy Studies
                  Texas Impact
                  Texas League of Conservation Voters

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ACT Legislative Alert - April 17, 2015

­­­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!

Sincerely,

Rita Beving & Associates
ACT Coordinator
Rita.beving@gmail.com

ACT Member Organizations include:

                  Air Alliance Houston
                  Clean Water Action
                  Environment Texas
                  Environmental Defense Fund
                  Environmental Integrity Project
                  Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
                  Hill Country Alliance
                  National Wildlife Federation
                  Public Citizen
                  SEED Coalition
                  Sierra Club
                  Texas Campaign for the Environment
                  Texas Center for Policy Studies
                  Texas Impact
                  Texas League of Conservation Voters

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ACT Legislative Alert - April 10, 2015

­­­Dear Alliance for a Clean Texas Friend,

The session is heating up and we need your help.  We invite you once again to participate in the coordinated efforts of Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) to connect with legislators. Your participation in this legislative session can make a difference!

Today’s alert regards bills of critical importance scheduled for floor votes in the coming week.

This session is proving that we need you now more than ever!

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ACT Legislative Alert - April 3, 2015

­­­Dear Alliance for a Clean Texas Friend,

You may have received an initial invitation in the last few weeks to once again participate in the Alliance for Clean Texas (ACT) as you have in previous legislative sessions.

Today marks the third of our weekly Friday alerts to be sent to you regarding critical bills of importance scheduled for hearing or a vote in the coming week.  

This session is proving that we need you NOW more than ever before as the proponents of bad legislation are aggressively pursuing their agenda and we need bills we support to move forward.

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ACT Legislative Alert - March 27, 2015

­­­Dear Alliance For a Clean Texas Friend,

You may have received an initial invitation in the last 10 days to once again participate in ACT as you have in previous legislative sessions. Alliance for 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.

Today marks the second of our weekly Friday alerts to be sent to you regarding critical bills of importance scheduled for hearing or a vote in the coming week.  

This session is proving that we need you NOW more than ever before.

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ACT Legislative Alert - March 20, 2015

Dear Alliance For a Clean Texas Friend,

You are invited to become an active participant this session in Alliance for Clean Texas (ACT)! ACT is a Texas coalition, where environmental, public interest, consumer-rights and faith groups have joined forces to work for clean, healthy communities.

Today is the first of our weekly Friday alerts to be sent to you regarding critical bills of importance  scheduled for hearing or a vote in the coming week.   We urge you to call, email or testify to legislators regarding these important bills.

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About ACT

The Alliance for a Clean Texas (ACT) is an alliance of environmental, public interest, consumer rights and religious organizations dedicated to improving public health, quality of life and the environment in Texas by working for change through public education and at the regulatory and legislative levels.

ACT Member Organizations include:

                  Air Alliance Houston
                  Clean Water Action
                  Environment Texas
                  Environmental Defense Fund
                  Environmental Integrity Project
                  Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
                  Hill Country Alliance
                  National Wildlife Federation
                  Public Citizen
                  SEED Coalition
                  Sierra Club
                  Texas Campaign for the Environment
                  Texas Center for Policy Studies
                  Texas Impact
                  Texas League of Conservation Voters

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