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Relating to the administration, duties, and operation of the Edwards Aquifer Authority; authorizing a fee.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2729 would revise and update certain provisions relating to the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and explicitly exempt the authority from statutory groundwater conservation district provisions. It would also make a member of a governing body of another political subdivision ineligible for appointment or election as a director of the authority, and establishes the liability for a director as an authority employee under the Texas Tort Claims Act.
This bill would make various other revisions relating to the Edwards Aquifer Authority, such as authorizing an applicant in a contested or uncontested hearing to administratively appeal a decision of the board of directors on an application; repealing a requirement that the authority develop a 20-year plan for providing alternative supplies of water; authorizing the authority to impose fees to recover administrative costs associated with actions other than the filing and processing of applications and registrations; and setting out provisions relating to suits involving the authority.
The authority would be prohibited from increasing aquifer management fees by more than eight percent per year.
Texas Action remains neutral on HB 2729 because it does not affect our liberty principles.