Less than two weeks left for the Lege as energy bills drop by the wayside
There may still be hope for the few.
The Texas House of Representatives deadline for passing its own bills arrived at midnight Thursday, a look at other bills came to a halt Friday and there were a number of energy-related bills that were left out in the cold.
As The Texas Energy Report earlier reported, the Railroad Commission of Texas has been re-authorized under Sunset legislation through the year 2029 with the passing of its major bill that also includes a Monitoring and Enforcement strategic plan for the Oil and Gas Division; the development of an Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy; and added pipeline safety and regulatory fees.
Gone But Not Forgotten:
HB 3403 (OIl and Gas related) died in committee. It would have restored some of the rights to "a municipality" to require fracking operations be a certain distance from day care centers and schools. Inspired by the bill last session that removed the city of Denton's rights to ban fracking in the city limits. There is a companion bill, SB 1868 by South Texas state Senator Judith Zaffirini that is still stuck in committee.
HB 3175 (Utilities related) died in committee. It would have amended the Utilities code directing some utilities to include in targeted low-income (less than 126% of the federal poverty level and receiving food aid) energy efficiency programs of at least 10% of the utility's energy efficiency budget, and allowing funding for such programs through greenhouse gas emissions fees. Sponsored by Houston-area state Representative Ron Reynolds.