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Relating to fees for pipeline construction imposed by certain districts.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1008 would prohibit irrigation districts in bracketed counties from imposing on a retail public utility unduly burdensome requirements for constructing a water or sewer pipeline or assessing fees or deposits that are greater than the actual costs to review and approve the construction proposal.
Irrigation districts are special purpose districts created by the legislature and should not have power to make public utility infrastructure development unnecessarily difficult or expensive. Texas Action supports SB 1008 as this bill prevents an undue cost burden on retail public utilities which would otherwise be passed on to ratepayers.