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.
State of the State Address: Governor Greg Abbott delivered his biennial State of the State address earlier this morning, where he declared the following as emergency items for the ongoing legislative session:
• Disaster Response
• Property Tax Reform
• School Finance Reform
• Increasing Teacher Pay
• School Safety
• Mental Health Special Election Results: On January 29, Democrats won two special elections to fill vacant seats in the Texas House. In El Paso, Democrat Art Fierro won a race to succeed longtime Rep. Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), who retired earlier this year. Meanwhile, in Houston, Democrats Christina Morales and Melissa Noriega will face each other in a runoff later this month to fill the seat previously held by Carol Alvarado, who won a seat in the Texas Senate in December. One final special election is set for February 12 in San Antonio to replace former Rep. Justin Rodriguez. With one Republican and four Democrats competing for this historically-Democratic seat, this contest is also likely to result in a runoff.
New Eminent Domain Bills Filed: In addition to HB 991/SB 421, which we highlighted in last week’s Capitol Pipeline, Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) and Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) filed three eminent domain bills this week. Of note, HB1245/SB 552 would require entities with eminent domain authority to provide landowners with a conspicuous “bill of rights” before examining or surveying the property. HB 1247/SB 555 would make the condemning entity responsible for any additional taxes due when the use of condemned property is diverted from an agricultural to non-agricultural use. Click here to read these bills, as well as all the other bills TRWA is tracking so far this session.
Water for All Texans: Website Launch TRWA is proud to announce the website launch of the Water for All Texans: Keeping Water Affordable and Accessible for All Texans campaign. 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. 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