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HB 1307 is a Sunset Bill relating to the Public Utilities Commission. At the recommendation of the Sunset Advisory Commission, HB 1307 would transfer many of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) responsibilities pertaining to utility rate increase disputes over to the PUC. The Sunset Advisory Commission feels that the PUC would be able to handle the contested rate increase more efficiently than TCEQ. HB 1307 does not increase any penalties or fees.
Overall, HB 1307 would represent a move towards efficiency in government agencies. By allowing PUC to handle some of the work TCEQ struggles to work through, both agencies will be able to do their jobs better. Increasing efficiency (which can lead to a decrease in costs) is a good way to limit government. TPPA supports HB 1307.