88th Texas Legislature: Public Citizen’s Testimony
The Texas office of Public Citizen will testify on a wide range of bills and issues throughout the 88th session of the Texas Legislature, which began in January and concludes at the end of May. This page will be updated with Public Citizen’s legislative testimony as it becomes available.
March 16, 2023: Texas House Committee on Environmental Regulation Organizational Hearing
Testimony delivered to Texas House Committee on Environmental Regulation at its first hearing of the legislative session.
March 15, 2023: HB 2721 OPPOSE
Testimony against HB 2721, which would upend a century of local control precedent and would cause many negative consequences, including costly lawsuits that would overwhelm the courts.
March 14, 2023: SB 1017 OPPOSE
Testimony against SB 1017, which would block local governments from regulating energy sources and engines. This targets local ordinances like one proposed in Dallas prohibiting gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers and other lawn equipment.
March 13, 2023: SB 471 OPPOSE
Testimony against SB 471, which would limit the ability to file complaints with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) by charging a fee when an individual files three previous complaints in the same year that did not result in enforcement action.
Feb. 27, 2023: HB 1 RECOMMENDATIONS
Comments on HB 1, the state budget for FY 2024-2025, before the House Committee on Appropriations.