HB 3405

84(R) - 2015
House Natural Resources
House Natural Resources

Companion Bill

SB 1440

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Jason Isaac

Bill Caption

Relating to the territory and authority of the Barton Springs-Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to regulate certain wells for the production of groundwater.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 3405, if passed, would modify the Special District Local Laws Code (Subchapter A, Chapter 8802) by adding a new section (8802.0035). Essentially the bill would expand the territory and jurisdiction of the Barton Springs – Edwards Aquifer Conservation District to include Hays County and the Edwards Aquifer Authority. The bill then clarifies that the Edwards Aquifer Authority would maintain jurisdiction over any well drilled into the Edwards Aquifer. There is also a component of the section which states that this expansion will not involve the boundaries of the Plum Creek Conservation District. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 3405 is essentially a clerical bill designed to include Hays County in the Barton Springs – Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. Given that the local laws regime is already in place, and given that this bill involves only local government entities, it does not significantly affect any of our principles. We are neutral on HB 3405.