HB 1818

85(R) - 2017
House Energy Resources
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
House Energy Resources
Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development
Mineral Resources
Oil & Gas
State Agencies
Sunset Act

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Drew Darby
Dan Flynn
Larry Gonzales
Richard Raymond
Senfronia Thompson

Bill Caption

Relating to the continuation and functions of the Railroad Commission of Texas; providing for the imposition of fees.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated two-year net impact to general revenue related funds for HB 1818, as introduced: a positive impact of $8,647,734 through the biennium ending August 31, 2019. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, the Railroad Commission is authorized to create regulations, issue licenses, and otherwise manage resources in Texas. HB 1818 would move the sunset review of the commission to 2029, create new procedures that encourage rulemaking negotiation and dispute resolution, require the creation of a plan to use monitoring equipment in a way that is safe and environmentally friendly, and allow the for the imposition of fees related to regulations on pipelines.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 1818 neither uplifts nor offends our liberty principles, therefore we remain neutral.

Organizations Supporting

Atmos Energy
Centerpoint Energy 
Chesapeake Energy
Concho Resources Inc.
CPS Energy
Devon Energy
Enbridge Energy
EOG Resources
Occidental Petroleum
Permian Basin Petroleum Association
Shell Oil
Texas Association of Business
Texas Gas Service
Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association
Texas Oil and Gas Association
Texas Pipeline Association
Texas Royalty Council
The Association of Electric Companies of Texas, Inc