86th Texas Legislature Updates: April 16, 2019

The 86th Legislature House and Senate have been assigning bills to committees, holding public committee hearings, distributing reports on bills, and voting on legislation. Activities are described below.

Public Citizen is a non-profit consumer advocacy organization that focuses on protecting health, safety, and democracy. This session, they are closely following House Bill 798, which relates to plot plan requirements for an application for a standard permit for a concrete batch plant issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The bill would require that the plot plan include a distance scale, a north arrow, emission points, and tanks, as well as to benchmark locations in the area of the facility and to indicate if setback or buffer requirements would be met. Public Citizen believes that this bill would ensure that TCEQ has the information it needs to determine if the applicant meets the sitting requirements. For more information about Public Citizen’s Texas office and the issues they follow go to
www.citizen.org.


The last day for House committees to report House Bills and House Joint Resolutions is May 6, 2019. The last day for Senate committees to report Senate and Senate Joint Resolutions is May 18, 2019.

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More information about the 86th Texas Legislative session can be found at capitol.texas.gov.

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86th Texas Legislature Updates: April 9, 2019

The 86th Legislature House and Senate have been assigning bills to committees, holding public committee hearings, distributing reports on bills, and voting on legislation.

The State of Texas Alliance for Recycling is a recycling organization whose mission is to advance recycling through partnerships, education, and advocacy for the benefit of Texas.This session, they are focused on two bills that, according the STAR, will create an end-use market plan for recyclables in Texas. The bills are as follows:

  • HB 286: Relating to promotion of the use of recyclable materials as feedstock for processing and manufacturing.
  • SB 649: Relating to promotion of the use of recyclable materials as feedstock for processing and manufacturing.

More information about STAR can be found athttps://www.recyclingstar.org/


The last day for House committees to report House Bills and House Joint Resolutions is May 6, 2019. The last day for Senate committees to report Senate and Senate Joint Resolutions is May 18, 2019.

We’d love to know what bills you are watching. Send an email [email protected]

More information about the 86th Texas Legislative session can be found at capitol.texas.gov.

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86th Texas Legislature Updates: April 2, 2019

The 86th Legislature House and Senate have been assigning bills to committees, holding public committee hearings, distributing reports on bills, and voting on legislation.

Solar United Neighbors is dedicated to representing the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. This session, the organization is focused on House Bill 2860, which pertains to on-site distributed generation and energy resources. The bill would prevent municipalities from setting anti-solar rules and stops utilities from charging additional fees on homeowners who want to go solar. For more information and to get involved with Solar United Neighbors of Texas please visit solarunitedneighbors.org/texas/.

TexPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. This session, TexPIRG is tracking several bills to help protect the bee population. For more information about TexPIG and the other issues they follow go to
https://texpirg.org/. The following are examples of bills they are following:

  • HB 136: Relating to pollinator health.
  • HB 2484: Relating to the establishment of the Bee Pollinator Goals Task Force to develop and report on statewide pollinator goals.
  • HB 2483: Relating to the prohibition of certain pesticides on public road rights-of-way.

The last day for House committees to report House Bills and House Joint Resolutions is May 6, 2019. The last day for Senate committees to report Senate and Senate Joint Resolutions is May 18, 2019.

We’d love to know what bills you are watching. Send an email to [email protected]

More information about the 86th Texas Legislative session can be found at capitol.texas.gov.

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