The 2019 Legislative Session, Water Legislation
This is the page for information on legislative actions, pending legislation and actions SAWDF is taking to intervene on water legislation affecting the central Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, including our beloved Simsboro,and our local communities.
We will provide links to information on pending water and other bills of interest, and instructions for how to respond to certain bills, when we put out alerts on our NEWS page here and on this page.
Watch for emails from info@ simsborowaterdefensefund.org or firstname.lastname@example.org --- make sure you have your email set to receive our messages.
See the text of our proposed Sustainable Groundwater Development Act and our "Get LCRA Out of Groundwater" legislation, both below on our Good Bills/Bad Bills section of this Page ---
no legislator would file these critically important bills for our communities this Session.
We will be asking you to call your State Representatives and Senators to get these bills or parts of them amended on to other bills --- please watch on our Action Alerts section of this Page about this!
Please let us know by return email if you are planning on going to the Capitol in response to an Action Alert or for any other reason; also let us know if you work or live in Austin and would be willing to go to the Capitol to "sign in " on any bill for which we issue an alert.
Go here and select any Committee Hearing you want to see live on the day of the hearing if you can't get to the hearing. Remember! You can always make calls to legislators from your home or office if you can't go to the hearing. Phones lighting up is a good thing -- we will give instructions for doing that!
UPDATE! ACTION ALERT from April 26 --We asked those who live over the Simsboro to call your Senators to OPPOSE HB 1066 on the Senate Floor this week~~ thank you to all who called.
In a surprise turn of events, Sen. Kolkhorst (represents Lee and Burleson counties) let us down. Not only did she not introduce the floor amendments we all asked her for, she voted in favor of HB 1066 AFTER voting against it in Committee.
The only no votes ----for which we are very grateful --- were cast by two Senators who represent rural landowners who depend on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer (just as Sen. Kolkhorst does) --- Sen. Charles Schwertner, who represents Milam County and Sen. Kirk Watson, who represents Bastrop County.
We are not done yet with this bill --- stay tuned for additional Action Alerts in the next few days.
Action Alerts--Take Action Suggestions! -- thank you to those who have been calling.
SAWDF is trying to make sense of what seems to be happening at the Legislature on water...it boils down to the only "property rights" in groundwater that legislators view as important are the rights of those who sell --- or want to sell ---their water. And if a legislator DOES disagree with this model, they don't seem able to stand up and express that disagreement. Hopefully, that mindset is changing and we will have good news to report soon.
We had a great turnout on the LCRA SUNSET bill at the Senate Water & Rural Affairs Committee--- did they listen? They listened hard enough to realize they didn't want to hear from us again when the Sunset Bill came over to the House later in April -- they shut us down and would not let us tell our story in the House Natural Resources Committee.
Our first Action Alert this session --thank you to those who called on this by March 8 filing deadline.
The "Sustainable Groundwater Development Act" was not filed -- thanks to all who responded to our Action Alert; we are leaving this up to refer you to the bills we want to keep alive later in the session
We tried to get legislators to file our comprehensive reform bill drafted by San Antonio attorney James Lee Murphy (see SAWDF's Fact Sheet on the bill and the bill's text here), to assure the future sustainability of our groundwater resources in our State. We haven't given up! We have already proposed an amendment to another bill to pick up parts of the SGDA.
SAWDF took action behind the scenes
We supported legislation to "Get LCRA Out of Groundwater"
No legislator was willing to prevent the Lower Colorado River Authority from exploiting our groundwater resources and the Colorado River ~ see the text of the bill we supported here.
We haven't given up on this bill either --- this is what the Monday, March 25 hearing at Senate Water and Rural Affairs was all about, and as of April 1, we are concentrating on how to get this bill, and parts of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act brought to the attention of the Legislature and amended on to other bills.
Good Bills/Bad Bills
Bills to watch -- and text of bills and other info you might not see anywhere else!