The 2021 Legislative Session is here, anything can happen--- and is happening ---- on any front.
We are focused on Water Legislation --- we can't afford to go to sleep on this issue, no matter how many other pressing issues are pending. We have learned that distracted legislators can let their guard down on legislation that doesn't seem to be on fire.
Here is information on the "fires" burning on groundwater as of Tuesday, April 6, when the Texas House Natural Resources Committee convenes in public hearing at 8. a.m.
We need your action before they gavel in on Tuesday, unless you are able to testify in person! Here is some general information --- go to our NEWS page for more specifics on the April 6 hearing and what you can do.
The Texas House Natural Resources Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8AM in room JHR 120.
On the Public Hearing agenda are three bills of importance to landowners with ‘exempt' wells; i.e. domestic, livestock or irrigation.
For those persons who will be testifying, information for in-person witness registration can be found here:
Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so until the hearing is adjourned by visiting: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home?c=c390 (but please don't wait til the meeting convenes to send your comments ~~ the committee might take action on an important bill at the hearing without your input)
When you submit comments in person or in written form, lead off with a statement that you are FOR or AGAINST HB XXXX --- if you are "neutral" on the legislation, but want to raise important points, questions or criticisms of the bill, say that you are testifying "ON" the bill.
If for some reason you are unable to submit written comments, please call the offices of MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE:
NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
CHAIR: Tracy O. King
Committee clerk- Sam Bacarisse
Vice-Chair: HARRIS, Cody
Legislative director- Scott Gilfillan
Legislative aide- Ariana Noshari
Legislative director- Ben Utley
Legislative director/scheduler- Caroline Cone
LUCIO, Eddie III
Legislative director- McKenna Martinez
Legislative director- Kathy Haigler
Legislative director- Sandra Talton
Legislative director- Lawrence Zamarron
Legislative director- Rachel Pearl Piotrzkowski
Legislative director- Jane Metcalf
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!
Good Bills/Bad Bills
Bills to watch -- and text of bills and other info you might not see anywhere else!