85th Texas Legislature – Committees discuss water issues as they prepare for next session

85th Texas Legislature – Committees discuss water issues as they prepare for next session

Are you curious what water topics will be discussed, debated and voted on during the upcoming 85th Texas legislative session? While it is still early, the following information will help you stay current on legislative activities. In between sessions, interim charges are issued to both House and Senate legislative committees. The committees hold meetings during the interim, hearing testimony and receiving written testimony about the issues the committees are studying. Before the session begins, each committee will issue a report…

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Texas Water Symposium planned for November 10th in Austin: 2017 Legislative Outlook: Population Growth and Groundwater Management

Texas Water Symposium planned for November 10th in Austin: 2017 Legislative Outlook: Population Growth and Groundwater Management

The second Texas Water Symposium of 2016-2017 season has been set for 7pm on Thursday November 10th at Thompson Center Auditorium (adjacent to the LBJ School) on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. The Texas Water Symposium is free and open to the public. The Texas Legislature will be convening in 2017 and one of the most important issues they will consider is the management of our state’s groundwater resources. With the population of Texas projected to double…

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Texas Supreme Court: Accommodation Doctrine Applies to Groundwater

On May 27, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC v. City of Lubbock.  Many Texas agricultural and water law attorneys were in Lubbock attending the State Bar of Texas Agricultural Law Continuing Legal Education Seminar.  As soon as the opinion was released, you should have seen everyone scurrying around! This case (on which I have previously blogged here) is extremely important for Texas landowners and groundwater owners.  For the first time, the Texas Supreme…

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State Senate hopefuls sound off on issues

State Senate hopefuls sound off on issues

Six Republican candidates vying for the Texas Senate District 24 seat of retiring Sen. Troy Fraser attended a candidate forum recently at the Hill Country University Center. Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune, moderated a two-hour forum in which candidates answered questions ranging from higher education to water issues. Learn more and listen to audio of the Candidate Forum. Read about the event from the Fredericksburg Standard: State Senate hopefuls sound off on issues Candidate forum: who can represent?…

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84th Texas State Legislature: summaries of water-related legislative action

84th Texas State Legislature: summaries of water-related legislative action

The Texas Water Journal  recently released a review of the 84th legislative session written by leaders from the Texas Water Conservation Association, Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts and the Texas Water Infrastructure Network. The Journal is an online, peer-reviewed resource devoted to Texas water resources management and policy issues from multidisciplinary perspectives.  Read the article here    

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Water Legislation recap from Environment Texas

Water Legislation recap from Environment Texas

“On June 1st, the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature came to a close. The session was not great for the environment overall, but water legislation fared a bit better. Yet for every good bill that passed there seemed to be a bad bill passed, or a good bill that died. Loopholes were closed to bring regulatory oversight to a huge new well project in Hays County and use of recycled water (sometimes referred to as graywater) was expanded, while…

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Sen. Fraser Decides Against Running for Re-election

Sen. Fraser Decides Against Running for Re-election

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, announced Tuesday that he is not running for re-election, ending a tenure at the Capitol that has spanned four decades. “There comes a time when leaders must take a look at the trail they have blazed and reflect on all they have done,” Fraser wrote in a letter to colleagues and friends. “There also comes a time when leaders must allow others the opportunity to leave their mark. Today marks that time for me.”…

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Texas legislators mostly kept hands off local control

Texas legislators mostly kept hands off local control

A simmering feud between state lawmakers and municipal leaders over local control never quite reached full boil this year. Spooked by Gov. Greg Abbott’s push against “unchecked overregulation” and by tea party Republicans who filed bills to limit local government, North Texas mayors, city managers and county judges braced for battle. But with one major exception — a measure that stops cities from banning the drilling practice known as fracking — municipal leaders in Dallas and beyond have declared this…

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After Error, Hays County Groundwater Bill is Revived

After Error, Hays County Groundwater Bill is Revived

A bill designed to protect western Hays County residents’ water wells in light of a massive groundwater pumping project is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk —following an emotional week of political drama over an issue once considered local and relatively uncontroversial. House Bill 3405, by state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, was thought to be dead this week, after a “point of order” by Rep. Mary González, D-El Paso, targeting the legislation was sustained. But in a stunning reversal on Thursday night, the House…

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Legislative victory for Texas’ working lands

Legislative victory for Texas’ working lands

Texas Agricultural Land Trust: HB1925, authored by Representative Charlie Geren, will move the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD). TPWD is well-suited to ensure that the program meets its purpose, which is to conserve Texas’ farms and ranches that provide our state’s critical natural resources. TALT worked with our partner organizations – the statewide agricultural and landowner groups – as well as the Texas Land Trust Council and other conservation organizations to…

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