86th Texas Legislature Updates: February 7, 2019

Legislators continued filing bills for the 86th Texas Legislative Session. Recently filed bills include legislation relating to the repeal of permit requirements for intrastate shipment of bees, a restriction on permits authorizing direct discharges of waste or pollutants into water in certain areas of the Edwards Aquifer, and a bill to the establish Texas Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

Of particular note is House Bill 942, filed on January 22, 2019, by Representative Rafael Anchia. The bill proposes the creation and the duties of a Global Climate Change Commission. The bill states,

“there is broad agreement between nations, across states, and among scientists that increasing emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases released into the earth’s atmosphere are affecting the earth’s climate…. Recognizing the threat to the environment, economy, and national security, it is the intent of the Texas Legislature to create a global climate change commission committed to working toward mitigating the impact of global change nationally and internationally.”

The deadline for the unrestricted filing of bills and joint resolutions–other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and emergency matters submitted by the governor–is March 8, 2019.

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86th Texas Legislature- House of Representatives: February 5, 2019

The 86th Texas Legislature formally began on January 8th, 2019. Legislatorss could begin pre-filing bills on November 12th, 2018, for the current session.

Legislators have filed environmentally-relevant bills, including bills relating to the disposal of pesticides, the protection of public freshwater areas, and the creation of a Global Climate Change Commission.

Texas legislators may continue filing bills until Friday, March 8, 2019, which is the deadline for the unrestricted filing of bills and joint resolutions – other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and emergency matters submitted by the governor.

The 86th Texas Legislature has filed the following bills pertaining to environmental issues throughout the state:

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86th Texas Legislature: Senate Bills–January 31, 2019

The 86th Texas Legislature convened on January 8, 2019. The Senate began assigning bills to committees on the 16th.

Legislators began pre-filing bills on November 12, 2018. The deadline for the unrestricted filing of bills and joint resolutions–other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and emergency matters submitted by the governor–is March 8, 2019.

So far, the Senate has filed the following bills concerning environmental issues throughout the state, including bills related to oil and gas well accidents, Jones State Forest, flood control infratructure in Harris County, the border wall, clean air, and the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan:

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