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Relating to a commission to study the needs of areas of the state significantly affected by oil and gas production.
No fiscal impact to the bill is anticipated.
HB 2154 would create a commission to study which areas in the state are significantly affected by oil and gas operations and make recommendations on how to appropriate money in the generate recurring oil wealth for Texas (GROW) fund created under the Texas Constitution. The commission would be abolished on February 1, 2021.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 2154 because it does not affect our liberty principles. While we opposed HJR 82, this bill is not the enabling legislation (which is expected to be considered next legislative session contingent on voter approval of the constitutional amendment), but could lead to legislation that we may oppose based off of the commission's recommendations.