Capitol Pipeline will be in your inbox every Tuesday with links to the bills being tracked by TRWA, updates on the progress of key pieces of legislation, and calls to action on legislation that directly impacts rural water systems across Texas.
Please be thinking of ways this bill could help your utility so that you can share your perspective with lawmakers at the right time. We will be asking for those stories soon to help progress our efforts on the legislation. Click here to learn more about the CCN compensation issue. Update on Eminent Domain Bill Affecting WSCs: The TRWA Legislative Team has met with the offices of Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) and Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) to express concerns with their eminent domain bills, S.B. 421 and H.B. 991. Specifically, the bill requires utilities to insure landowners against certain events and requires them to pay damages to property owners when their initial compensation offers differ substantially from the amount actually awarded. TRWA is working to get WSCs excluded from this bill. Check future editions of Capitol Pipeline or separate emails from our team for updates and requests to contact your lawmakers ahead of key committee hearings and votes.
Bill to Create a Texas Rural Water Advisory Council: H.B. 1868 by Rep. Joe Lozano (R-Kingsville) would create a 15-member statewide council to assist the Department of Agriculture in assessing the existence of, effectiveness of, or need for rural water initiatives in Texas relating to the prevention, mitigation, and abatement of a variety of issues affecting source water in rural communities.
Visit our online tracker to follow bills of interest for member water systems during the 86th Legislature.
Water for All Texans Campaign The Water for All Texans campaign is in full swing to support our efforts at the Capitol. We have launched this campaign to educate the public about the two main issues we are tackling this legislative session. Stay tuned for calls to action from the campaign that will be necessary to achieve our goals this session! Click here to learn more!
Rural Water Day:
Wednesday, March 27 Mark your calendar for Rural Water Day at the Capitol: a chance to come together as one and tell our story with a powerful, unified voice. Don’t miss this opportunity to join forces with your peers as we engage our elected representatives together. Click here to learn more