We will be posting the weekly update provided to us by the Alliance for Clean Texas throughout the legislative session.
Now that April’s in full swing, there’s never a dull moment for environmental advocacy at the Capitol. I want to tell you where we are on several of ACT’s priority bills this week. The TCEQ Sunset bill (HB 2694) was passed out of the House Environmental Regulation Committee today. We anticipate that this bill will be on the House floor for a vote early next week. Right now, we are still waiting to see what kind of amendments this bill draws.
The fracking fluid disclosure bill (HB 3328) was heard in the House Energy Resources Committee last week. This bill, which has bipartisan support, would enable Texans to know what kinds of chemicals are being used in hydraulic fracturing operations and establish much-needed transparency measures as gas drilling continues to increase. We hope it will be voted out of the committee this week.
Other environmental legislation is also working through the process. The TV Take Back Recycling bill (SB 329/HB 1966) has passed through the Senate and has been heard in House Environmental Regulation. The energy efficiency coordinating council bill (HB 773)–which would make our state’s energy efficiency programs more efficient–has been reported out of committee. There’s still time for other bills to make it through, but the prospects are best for bills that are out of committee in the next week.
The Alliance For A Clean Texas 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 at the regulatory and legislative levels.
ACT Partner Organizations
Public Citizen (Texas office)
Environmental Defense Fund
Air Alliance of Houston
Texas Campaign for the Environment
Texas League of Conservation Voters
Environmental Integrity Project
Texas Center for Policy Studies
Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance
Hill Country Alliance
National Wildlife Foundation
Clean Water Action
Baptist Commission on Christian Life
Other state-wide organizations that work with ACT :
Physicians for Social Responsibility
American Lung Association
Texas League of Women Voters