By Hamric H.B. No. 2648 75R7684 JJT-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to limitations on the permitting of municipal solid waste 1-3 landfills. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter C, Chapter 361, Health and Safety 1-6 Code, is amended by adding Section 361.1065 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 361.1065. LIMITATION ON MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE LANDFILL 1-8 PERMIT. The commission may not issue a permit for a new municipal 1-9 solid waste landfill or the areal expansion of an existing 1-10 municipal solid waste landfill unless the commission finds: 1-11 (1) a substantial and obvious need for additional 1-12 landfill capacity for disposal of municipal solid waste is 1-13 presented; and 1-14 (2) the proposed landfill or expansion will contribute 1-15 to fulfilling that need. 1-16 SECTION 2. The changes in law made by this Act apply only to 1-17 a permit for a municipal solid waste landfill or the areal 1-18 expansion of an existing municipal solid waste landfill the 1-19 application for which is filed on or after the effective date of 1-20 this Act. 1-21 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the 1-22 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 1-23 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 1-24 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 2-1 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 2-2 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 2-3 passage, and it is so enacted.