87th Texas Legislature Regular Session Pre-filed Bills: November 9-30, 2020

Monday, November 9, 2020, was the first day that Texas legislators and legislators-elect could begin filing bills for the upcoming regular session, which will last for 140 days from Tuesday, January 12, 2021 to Monday, May 31, 2021. Texas legislators may continue filing bills until Friday, March 12, 2021, 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 87th Texas Legislature filed the following bills in the month of November 2020 relating to environmental issues and regulations in the state of Texas.

Pre-filed bills relate to air contaminant emissions, hydrofluorocarbons, renewable energy, fuel, groundwater, aboveground storage tanks, aggregate mining, pipelines, property tax, seismic monitoring, solid waste facilities, and more.

Several pieces of proposed legislation relate to concrete production. This may seem odd, but the way concrete is produced creates overwhelming and disruptive noise, particulate, and other pollution for the communities that are near concrete batch plants. Many homeowners, who own or live in properties in close proximity to these plants, have raised this issue with their legislators. More information on the issue can be found here from The Texas Tribune. We have included bills related to concrete in the list below.

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Houston City Council Agenda – January 12, 2021

The city will consider the following agenda items at the Houston City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 12, 2021, which will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams starting at 2:00 PM. Public comment will be allowed Tuesday, December 12, 2021by teleconference. Topics to be addressed in this meeting include the Sunnyside Landfill Solar Project, submission of several grants relating to flood mitigation, the expansion of several Municipal Utility Districts, and the Antoine Paving and Drainage Project, among other topics.

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87th Texas Legislature Dates of Interest

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The 87th Texas Legislature will formally convene for the biennial session on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at noon. The dates that follow outline the process that occurs before, during, and after the legislative session, and provide the structure upon which legislation will be introduced, considered, and amended by both the Texas Senate and the House of Representatives. The ultimate goal of this legislative process is the passage of laws that have the support of the majority of Texas legislators and the constituents they represent.

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