Bill

SB 698

86(R) - 2019
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
House Environmental Regulation
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
House Environmental Regulation

Contact the Author

Brian Birdwell

Phone:

512-463-0122

Capitol Office:

E1.706

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Brian Birdwell

Sponsor(s)

J.M. Lozano

Co-Sponsor(s)

Cesar Blanco

Bill Caption

Relating to the expedited processing of certain applications for permits under the Texas Clean Air Act. 

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal impact to the state is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

For the purpose of context we will quote from the author's statement of intent: "Under current law, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is authorized to add a surcharge to an application fee for an expedited application in an amount to cover the expenses incurred for expediting an application. The surcharge may only be used to cover the expenses incurred for overtime or contract labor to process an expedited permit application. TECQ has utilized both contract labor and overtime in an effort to meet the demand for the expedited permit program, but the demand for the program has increased significantly over the past few years, which has resulted in diminishing returns of the utility of the program in its current form."

SB 698 would allow TCEQ to use full-time equivalent employees (FTE) to support the expedited process of air permit applications and to use the application fee surcharge to pay for the FTE labor.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action is neutral on SB 698 because it does not affect our liberty principles, however this appears to be very reasonable public policy. 

Contact the Author

Brian Birdwell

Phone:

512-463-0122

Capitol Office:

E1.706

Email: