Public Citizen Testimony in the 87th Texas Legislature

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April 14, 2021: HB 3460 SUPPORT: Testimony to the House Committee on State Affairs relating to the creation of a grant program to provide direct financial assistance to certain residents of this state who were affected by the winter disaster of 2021. Read the full testimony here.

March 30, 2021: HB 1627 SUPPORT: Testimony to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation relating to the issuance of air quality permits for concrete plants located in certain areas. This bill – narrowly tailored to a unique situation in Houston – would grant city and county leadership a power they otherwise lack, to stop concrete batch plants from locating in neighborhoods and near homes. Read the full testimony here.

March 30, 2021: HB 3032 SUPPORT: Testimony to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation relating to substitutes for hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants applicable to commercial or residential buildings or construction. This bill will assist with the transition away from use of hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants (HFCs). HFCs, commonly used as refrigerants, are hazardous chemicals and powerful greenhouse gases or residential buildings or construction. Read the full testimony here.

March 30, 2021: HB 3603 SUPPORT: Testimony to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation is support of a bill making a concrete batch plant eligible for a standard permit with enhanced controls following the withdrawal of an application for a standard permit. Read the full testimony here.

March 30, 2021: HB 2811 SUPPORT: Testimony to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation in support of the committee substitute to HB 2811 relating to the release of a tier two form listing hazardous chemicals that is in the possession of a political subdivision of this state. Read the full testimony here.

March 30, 2021: HB 1533 SUPPORT: Testimony in support of creating of an energy efficiency loan guarantee program under the Texas emissions reduction plan. Read the full testimony here.

March 25, 2021: SB 1261 OPPOSE: Testimony to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development opposing a bill providing exclusive jurisdiction of the state to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and the express preemption of local regulation of those emissions. Read the full testimony here.

March 25, 2021: SB 1046 OPPOSE: Testimony to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development opposing a bill relating to the regulation of radioactive waste and reducing a surcharge; reducing a fee.  Read the full testimony here.

March 25, 2021: SB 952 SUPPPORT: Testimony to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development in support of plot plan requirements for an application for a standard permit for a concrete batch plant issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Read the full testimony here.

March 18, 2020: HB416 SUPPORT: Testimony to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation in support of requiring applicants for a concrete batch plant permit to include a plot plan that clearly shows a distance scale; a north arrow; all property lines, emissions points, and other relevant structures; two benchmark locations in the area; and a showing that any applicable distance or setback requirements can be met. Read the full testimony here.

March 17, 2021: SB367 OPPOSE: Testimony to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development in support of requiring disclosure of oil and gas well blowouts. Read the the full testimony here.

March 15, 2021: HB960 SUPPORT. Testimony to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation in support of a bill requiring that hearings for TCEQ permit applications be conducted in the House district in which the facility will be located. Read the full testimony here.

March 10, 2021: HB19 OPPOSE. Testimony to the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence in opposition to liability shields for commercial vehicle companies that engage in negligent conduct and create legal barriers to victims receiving fair and just compensation. Read the full testimony here.

March 2, 2021: SB1. State Budget FY 2022-2023, Articles VI, VII, and VIII. Testimony to the House Committee on Appropriations on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP) and the Railroad Commission of Texas’s oil well plugging targets. Read the full testimony here.