SB 8

86(R) - 2019
Senate Water & Rural Affairs
House Natural Resources
Senate Water & Rural Affairs
House Natural Resources

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Charles Perry
Carol Alvarado
Paul Bettencourt
Brian Birdwell
Dawn Buckingham
Donna Campbell
Brandon Creighton
Pat Fallon
Pete Flores
Bob Hall
Kelly Hancock
Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Joan Huffman
Bryan Hughes
Nathan Johnson
Lois Kolkhorst
Eddie Lucio Jr.
Jose Menendez
Borris Miles
Jane Nelson
Robert Nichols
Angela Paxton
Beverly Powell
José Rodríguez
Charles Schwertner
Kel Seliger
Larry Taylor
Kirk Watson
Royce West
John Whitmire
Judith Zaffirini


Lyle Larson

Bill Caption

Relating to state and regional flood planning.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 8, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($43,422,875) through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.

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

SB 8 would create the framework for a state flood plan through a network of regional watershed groups developed and overseen by the Texas Water Development Board. The regional flood planning groups would be made up of representatives from the general public, counties, municipalities, industries, agricultural interests, environmental interests, small businesses, electric generating utilities, river authorities, water districts, and water utilities. 

Additionally, SB 8 would direct the state board to prepare and adopt a plan for the repair and maintenance of certain flood control dams.

This section would expire, and the advisory committee would be dissolved, on September 1, 2021.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on SB 8 because it does not significantly affect our liberty principles.