SB 2140

85(R) - 2017
Senate Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Senate Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Economic Development

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Eddie Lucio Jr.
Charles Perry

Bill Caption

Relating to the provision by the Texas Water Development Board of financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 2140 would authorize the financial assistance the Texas Water Development Board currently allocates to supply and sewer services in economically distressed areas to also apply to residential drainage services in those areas. In addition, this bill would require the board to maximize the effectiveness of issued bonds by using additional (including nonpublic) supplementary bonds and to support viable public-private partnerships that will reduce reliance on bonds supported with general revenue.

The board would be required to create procedures to prioritize projects that receive financial assistance based on impact, local financial capacity, presence of an emergency need, and the readiness of a project proposal. Annual reports regarding projects that received assistance would be published on the board's public website including details regarding the projects, number of individuals served, amount of financial assistance provided, and completion.

Vote Recommendation Notes

The provisions of this legislation neither support nor offend our liberty principles and we remain neutral. 

Organizations Supporting

Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service