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Here Are 5 Challenges to Texas Water That Might Surprise You

With nearly 70 percent of the state still stuck in a drought that has dragged on for years, there’s been plenty of talk about how to strengthen water supplies in Texas. A multi-billion-dollar water fund (the passage of Proposition 6 last election) is in the works that will help fund projects like reservoirs, desalination and conservation. And there’s ongoing [...]

Retiring Lawmaker Says Work Remains For Texas Water

State Rep. Bill Callegari (R-Houston), more than many lawmakers, knows water. An engineer, he holds “Class A” certifications in water and wastewater management. During his time in the Texas legislature, much of it spent serving on the House Natural Resources Committee, he authored several major bills on water management and water utilities. His office biography [...]

Smaller Water Bills Flow Through the House, But Big Funding Misses Out

Efforts to overhaul land rights failed in this years regular legislative session.

The flow of water legislation continued this week as the House passed several bills that could affect one of Texas’ dearest natural resources. Thursday was the deadline for most bills originating in the House to come to floor for a vote. (The Senate has some more time, however.) StateImpact Texas compiled a short list of [...]

Pipeline Bills Moving This Session, But Maybe Not the Ones You Were Thinking

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The big questions about the future of pipelines in Texas this legislative session revolve around how companies should be able to use eminent domain to build them. Those questions remain unanswered. But while Texas lawmakers have been unable to agree on reforms to pipeline companies common carrier status, they have voted some other bills out [...]

With Fate of Water Plan in Limbo, House Committee Pushes Smaller Water Bills

A supercell storm west of Newcastle, Texas tries to build up strength April 9, 2013.

Quicker than a spring thunderstorm, the House Natural Resources Committee met and pushed forward several bills at the Capitol this morning. While several smaller pieces of legislation were approved, representatives at the meeting managed to avoid talk of HB 11, a marquee piece of water legislation torpedoed on the House floor Monday evening. A bill [...]

What to Watch For at the Texas Legislature This Week

State lawmakers will discuss whether to recognize the City of Garland at the cowboy hat capital of Texas this week.

Time is winding down at the State Legislature, but the pace is picking up. We’ve put together a list of some important bills on energy and the environment up for discussion this week. They tackle the Railroad Commission, fracking, drought and more. But they aren’t all serious, a House committee will discuss a slew of honorifics [...]

Raindrops May Be Falling on Your House, But You Still Can’t Drink Them

Legislation currently being considered at the Capitol would make it easier for Texans to harvest rainwater.

Conversation swirled around water at the House Natural Resources Committee meeting today at the Capitol. The committee discussed dozens of water bills regarding groundwater, desalination, the border between Texas and Oklahoma and even rainwater harvesting. The bill for the latter, HB 2781, would allow people with a public water supply connection to collect rainwater for [...]

What to Watch For at the Texas Legislature This Week

A man walks along Lake Travis after water receded during a drought  in Austin, Texas September 10, 2011.

It’s crunch time at the Capitol, and legislators have precious little sand left in the hourglass to push bills out of committee. So you’ll see the pace pick up quite a bit in the coming weeks. We at StateImpact Texas have compiled a not-so-short list of important bills on energy and the environment to help [...]

Big Switch for Water Regulation in Texas Dominates Hearing at the Capitol

The water tower in Groesbeck, Texas, in December 2011.

Lawmakers had rocketed through more than a dozen bills before they arrived at Rep. Charlie Geren’s complex and controversial water bill, HB 1307. Then things slowed down at the House Natural Resources Committee meeting at the Capitol today. Other bills, including one that would expand the water supplies a waste disposal authority could tap and [...]

What to Watch For at the Texas Legislature This Week

There's a whole host of bills dealing with energy and environment at the Texas Capitol this week. Check out our handy guide for more.

It’s going to be a busy week at the Capitol for energy and environmental issues. We’ve culled a list of bills that could affect everything from the electrical meter on your house to radioactive waste disposal in West Texas. All of the meetings are open to the public, and you can always watch the House [...]

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