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SB 1440, 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.
SB 1440 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 SB 1440.