HB 2767

84(R) - 2015
Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs
Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs

Vote Recommendation

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James Keffer

Bill Caption

Relating to the powers, duties, and administration of groundwater conservation districts.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

HB 2767, if passed, would make a number of changes to the Water code (Section 36) regarding the administration of groundwater conservation districts. The bill is relatively large, with numerous sections. Most of the changes are relatively minor. The major substantive change would be a significant addition to Section 36.3011 (Commission Action Regarding District Duties). The new addition would add an inquiry process by which affected persons could file a petition with the Texas Commission on Environmental Policy.

“Affected persons” would be defined under this section and include, among others, landholders in management areas, groundwater conservation districts, regional water planning groups, those applying for leases or permits, and parties with legally defined interests. Other changes which would be introduced by HB 2767 regard territory adjustment via petition, groundwater district management language, and the addition of a definition for operating permits. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

The changes that would be made by this bill are mostly clerical, administrative, or nonsubstantive with no discernible affect on our liberty principles. 

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Perry.

Organizations Supporting

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District
North Texas Municipal Water District
Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District
Texas Association of Builders
Texas Water Conservation Association
Texas Water Infrastructure Network