HB 3545

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

Companion Bill

SB 1422

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Rene Oliveira

Bill Caption

Relating to the establishment of an infrastructure improvement council by the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority; providing authority to impose a voluntary assessment.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal impact to the State or local governments is expected.

Bill Analysis

HB 3545 seeks to allow the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority Board to create an Infrastructure Improvement Council to study the viability of each infrastructure improvement project requested by council members to determine whether an infrastructure improvement project is eligible to receive financial assistance from the council. The board will set a formula to determine an annual voluntary assessment and a member of the conference that pays the voluntary assessment shall appoint a representative to serve as a member of the council. Only members of the council may receive funds from the council.

Sen. Lucio is the sponsor of this legislation.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 3545 would create a voluntary council to help address water improvement projects in South Texas. The council would only disperse funds to those who pay the voluntary assessment, preventing free-rider organizations. This bill would allow the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority Board to better address the development and sustenance of critical water needs of South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. However an important issue this bill seeks to address, HB 3545 primarily deals with administrative reorganization and does not fall within the scope of our Liberty Principles. We are Neutral on this legislation.

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Lucio.