86th Texas Legislature Review

May 27, 2019, marked the end of the 86th Texas Legislative Session, which began in January. A plethora of environmental disasters–including multiple floods; the March fires at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown and the ITC petrochemical storage facility in Deer Park; and the April chemical fire and deadly explosion at the KMCO warehouse in Crosby–have plagued Houston in recent years. These horrific events raised expectations that environmental-related issues would be a substantial focus of the 86th session. (The subsequent fire and explosion at a second ExxonMobil Baytown plant in July reinforced the need for such a focus.)

And the legislative session, the first since Hurricane Harvey, did indeed put forth some environmental legislation, including increased funds to support flood mitigation. We asked some of our member organizations to give us their feedback on the legislature’s environmental activities.

The following information summarizes reports shared by six of those groups, listed below. For more information and in-depth analyses, please visit their websites. 

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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.

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

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

Read more about activities- including filed bills and committee assignments- of the legislature

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.

Read more about activities- including filed bills and committee assignments- of the legislature