Texas Legislative Process Overview

The Texas Legislature meets in Austin every odd-numbered year (from January through May) to pass new laws. All legislation must undergo at least one public hearing in both a House and Senate committee before it can be passed into law. These hearings are the key opportunities for input to be provided to policymakers. Legislative committee hearings are held intensively from January through May of odd numbered years and periodically outside of these regular sessions, as scheduled by the committee chairs.

This site is intended to provide links to and highlights of important water and environmental bills WEAT is tracking. WEAT actively tracks state legislation and testifies as appropriate through collaboration between our Executive Director Julie Nahrgang, WEAT President and leadership, and WEAT Knowledge Committees. Scroll down for WEAT's Bill Tracking Table.

Texas 85th Legislature Interim Charges

Members are charged with gathering information and reporting back on assigned topics while not in session.

Texas 85th Legislature Interim Reports

Texas State Legislature - Key Dates for 2018-2019

  • November 6, 2018 – General Election (local, state and federal races)
  • November 13, 2018 – Bill pre-filing begins
  • January 8, 2019 – Texas legislature convenes
  • March 8, 2019 - Deadline to file statewide bills
  • May 27, 2019 – Last day of regular Texas legislative session (Governor can add special sessions to allow more time to pass legislation)
86th Session Water Quality Bills
BillSponsorSummaryStatus
HB 26Metcalf, WillRelating to the creation of an alert system to notify affected persons of certain releases of water from certain dams.Filed
HB 34Raymond, RichardRelating to a statewide disaster alert system.Filed
HB 100Johnson, EricRelating to information on projected changes in weather and water availability in strategic plans of certain state agencies.Filed
HB 112Swanson, ValoreeRelating to legislative review and approval of certain state agency rules.Filed
HB 137Hinojosa, GinaRelating to reports by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about dams that have certain hazard classifications.Filed
HB 230Krause, MattRelating to reporting by political subdivisions regarding the receipt or expenditure of federal funds.Filed
HB 245Farrar, JessicaRelating to a requirement to make certain environmental and water use permit applications available online.Filed
HB 274Davis, SarahRelating to the creation of the disaster reinvestment and infrastructure planning revolving fund and the permissible uses of that fund; making an appropriation.Filed
HB 298MurrRelating to the procedure by which a state agency may issue an opinion that a watercourse is navigable.Filed
HB 347King, PhilRelating to eliminating distinctions in the application of consent annexation requirements.Filed
HB 478Phelan, DadeRelating to the funding of flood planning, mitigation, and infrastructure projects.Filed
HB 481Kuempel, JohnRelating to the storage and recovery of water in a portion of the Edwards Aquifer.Filed
HJR 11Gonzalez, MaryProposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board to provide financial assistance for the development of certain projects in economically distressed areas.Filed
SB 64Nelson, JaneRelating to cybersecurity for information resources.Filed
SB 122West, RoyceRelating to the procedure by which a state agency considers legislative intent when adopting an agency rule.Filed
SB 179Miles, BorrisRelating to the establishment of a task force to conduct a comprehensive study on flood control infrastructure for Harris County.Filed
SB 180Miles, BorrisRelating to applications for permits issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for certain new or expanded facilities in certain low-income and minority communities.Filed
85th Session Water Quality Bills
BillSponsorSummaryStatus
HB 101Craddick
Provisions for the design and construction of at least a 10 mgd reclaimed facility in Midland
Passed & Signed
HB 257Hernandez
Texas Workforce Commission report of transferrable skills for military transition to employment
Passed & Signed
HB 2729Lucio III
TX Workforce Commission to develop statewide inventory of certificates that can be earned in high school, with annual updates to the inventory
Passed & Signed
HB 2771Phelan
Relating to the wastewater treatment permit application (removes $10 fee for on-site septic permits)
Passed & Signed
HB 3177Lucio III
Relating to the delegation of uncontested matters to the executive director of the TCEQ
Passed & Signed
HB 3618King, Tracy
Repeals synced TPDES permit expirations within the same watershed/river segment
Passed & Signed
SB 1105Hinojosa
Moves $18 million reserve and about $2 million per year in future revenue from TCEQ’s Used Oil Recycling Account to TCEQ’s Water Management Account to fund broad range of water programs
Passed & Signed
SB 1289Creighton
Modifies US iron and steel requirements for TWDB projects
Passed & Signed
HB 2377Larson
Rules for groundwater district permits for brackish groundwater production
Passed, Vetoed
HB 2798Ferrar
Harris Country to implement a reuse water pilot program for subsurface irrigation and toilet/urinal use of wastewater treated at a Harris Co. facility
Passed, Vetoed
HB 2943Larson
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) for conservation easements for water quality control and broadened CWSRF applicant eligibility
Passed, Vetoed
SB 746/HB 2517Kolkhorst/Stephenson
Prohibits the permitting of Class B sludge with the addition of grit and grease waste
Did Not Pass
HB 2092Morrison
Prohibits the land application permitting of Class B sludge with the addition of grit and grease trap waste including processed G&G trap waste
Did Not Pass
HB 1250Wray
Allows Country Commissioners to prohibit land application of ALL classes of biosolids in Ellis County
Did Not Pass
HB 3642/SB 1724Burns/Birdwell
Relating to a permit requirement for the land application of domestic septage
Did Not Pass
HB 3644/SB 1723Burns/Birdwe
Relating to collection of soil monitoring samples from land application units where sewage sludge or domestic septage is applied
Did Not Pass
HB 98Martinez
Newspaper notice requirements for TPDES permits
Did Not Pass
HB 1536/SB 2026Farrar/ Rodriguez
TCEQ to study and report on green stormwater infrastructure
Did Not Pass
HB 3036King, Tracy
Discharge permit restrictions of waste or pollutants into certain areas of Edwards Aquifer
Did Not Pass
HB 3467/SB 1796Howard/Menendez
Discharge permit restrictions over certain segments of Edwards Aquifer
Did Not Pass
HB 4221Elkins
Wastewater infrastructure assessments and reports to TCEQ
Did Not Pass
SB 1598Miles
Discharge permits in low-income and minority communities
Did Not Pass
HB 1115Dutton
Defines “affected person” (includes elected official) for purposes of a TCEQ contested case regarding dismissal of protests against certain environmental permit applications
Did Not Pass
HB 3004Isaac
Dismissal of protests against certain decisions/actions by TCEQ on wastewater discharge permits
Did Not Pass
SB 1628Estes
Replacement of contested case hearings for certain environmental permits with a petition for administrative review
Did Not Pass

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