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.
Public Information Act: Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake) and Sen. Kent Watson (D-Austin) jointly filed a trio of Public Information Act bills on February 21. H.B. 2189/S.B. 943 defines “contracting information” to include certain vendor communications, bid solicitation documents, and vendor evaluation documents and explicitly makes that information public under the Act. H.B. 2191/S.B. 944 clarifies the procedures for obtaining information subject to the Act from certain “temporary custodians” of information, such as a former employee of a governmental entity, and allows entities to designate an electronic mail and mailing address for the receipt of requests under the Act. H.B. 2192/S.B. 988 amends current law to allow prevailing parties in a dispute under the Act to recover attorney’s fees and litigation costs only if a court finds the action or defense of the action to be groundless. Current law awards fees and costs to any party who substantially prevails, regardless of whether the action or defense of the action is groundless.
Support TRWA’s Legislative Agenda: TRWA will be requesting your help in supporting and opposing bills throughout the legislative session as they come up for key votes in committees and before the entire House or Senate. Please follow our Facebook page and be thinking of ways these bills could affect your utility so that you can share your perspective with your lawmakers when the time is right. If you would like to get involved now, please contact Trent in the TRWA Legal Department for talking points and direction on who you should speak with at the Capitol.
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