1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the creation, powers, and duties of the Clean Coal
 1-3     Technology Council.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Title 3, Government Code, is amended by adding
 1-6     Subtitle D to read as follows:
 1-9           Sec. 351.001.  LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS; STATE POLICY. (a)  The
1-10     legislature finds that:
1-11                 (1)  coal is an important fuel source for keeping the
1-12     price of electricity low in this state;
1-13                 (2)  evaluation of the environmental effectiveness and
1-14     economic viability of new emissions reduction technologies that
1-15     protect or improve air quality is necessary to protect the
1-16     environment and the public health, safety, and welfare;
1-17                 (3)  the diversity of fuel used to generate electricity
1-18     is a significant factor in providing reliable and economical energy
1-19     to residents of this state;
1-20                 (4)  the price of electricity generated with coal has
1-21     remained relatively unchanged over the past 20 years;
1-22                 (5)  the continued recovery and use of coal resources
1-23     are important to the economy of this state; and
1-24                 (6)  advancements in clean coal technology may
 2-1     demonstrate that electricity from coal can be produced in a more
 2-2     efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly manner.
 2-3           (b)  It is the policy of this state that clean coal
 2-4     technologies will be explored in order to:
 2-5                 (1)  preserve fuel diversity and maintain reliable, low
 2-6     cost sources of electric power;
 2-7                 (2)  identify technologies for reducing the emissions
 2-8     from existing coal-fired electric generation;
 2-9                 (3)  identify technologies to increase the efficiency
2-10     of coal-fired electric generation; and
2-11                 (4)  identify new, cleaner coal-fired electric
2-12     generation technologies that may be used to provide new generation
2-13     capacity.
2-14           Sec. 351.002.  DEFINITIONS.  In this subchapter:
2-15                 (1)  "Council" means the Clean Coal Technology Council.
2-16                 (2)  "Coal" includes lignite.
2-17                 (3)  "Designated agency" means the state agency
2-18     designated by the council to provide administrative support to the
2-19     council.
2-20                 (4)  "Pilot project" means the voluntary application to
2-21     one or more facilities of new coal use technology designed to
2-22     reduce the emission of air pollutants.
2-24     TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL.  (a)  The Clean Coal Technology Council is
2-25     created to perform legislative oversight of, and to coordinate
2-26     actions of state agencies regarding, the study and development of
2-27     clean coal technology and pilot projects in this state.
 3-1           (b)  The council is composed of:
 3-2                 (1)  three members of the senate appointed by the
 3-3     lieutenant governor, with one designated as co-chair of the
 3-4     council;
 3-5                 (2)  three members of the house of representatives
 3-6     appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, with one
 3-7     designated as co-chair of the council;
 3-8                 (3)  a member of the public to be appointed by the
 3-9     lieutenant governor; and
3-10                 (4)  a member of the public to be appointed by the
3-11     speaker of the house of representatives.
3-12           Sec. 351.004.  ADMINISTRATION.  (a)  Members of the council
3-13     serve two-year terms expiring February 1 of each odd-numbered year
3-14     and may be reappointed for additional terms.
3-15           (b)  The council shall meet at a frequency to be determined
3-16     by the council and at the call of the co-chairs.
3-17           (c)  The council may designate an appropriate state agency to
3-18     provide administrative support to the council.  The designated
3-19     agency shall provide, from its existing staff, the staff necessary
3-20     to assist the council in carrying out its responsibilities.  The
3-21     designated agency may request and distribute federal funding for
3-22     the use by the council in carrying out its responsibilities.
3-23           (d)  The council is subject to Chapters 551, 552, and 2001.
3-24           Sec. 351.005.  POWERS, DUTIES, INFORMATION, AND REPORTS OF
3-25     COUNCIL.  (a)  The council shall:
3-26                 (1)  coordinate the activities of the designated agency
3-27     with regard to clean coal technology charges of the council;
 4-1                 (2)  provide direction to the designated agency  in its
 4-2     activities regarding studying or developing clean coal technologies
 4-3     or regarding the issuance of requests for proposals for a pilot
 4-4     project in this state that may assist the council in evaluating
 4-5     technologies, assessing economics, evaluating the environmental
 4-6     benefits, seeking funding, evaluating the useful life of a pilot
 4-7     project, or determining the importance of clean coal technologies
 4-8     to energy policy;
 4-9                 (3)  assess the potential utility of the use of
4-10     financial or other incentives for potential pilot projects;
4-11                 (4)  oversee the activities of the designated agency in
4-12     seeking public and private funding to support the activities of the
4-13     council and the financing of a pilot project;
4-14                 (5)  suggest reasonable projected durations for pilot
4-15     projects;
4-16                 (6)  file with the governor, lieutenant governor, and
4-17     the speaker of the house of representatives, before January 1 of
4-18     each odd-numbered year, a report of the council's activities during
4-19     the two preceding years and any recommendations for legislation
4-20     with regard to the pilot projects; and
4-21                 (7)  publish the report required by Subsection (a)(6).
4-22           (b)  The designated agency shall maintain a public file
4-23     relating to the council.
4-24           (c)  The designated agency shall make available to the public
4-25     a copy of any council report provided to the legislature.
4-26           SECTION 2.  Nothwithstanding Section 351.004(b), Government
4-27     Code, as added by this Act, the Clean Coal Technology Council shall
 5-1     meet not less than once in each calendar quarter for the first year
 5-2     after its members are appointed.
 5-3           SECTION 3.  The terms of the initial members of the Clean
 5-4     Coal Technology Council expire February 1, 2003.
 5-5           SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.
         _______________________________     _______________________________
             President of the Senate              Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.B. No. 3483 was passed by the House on April
         24, 2001, by a non-record vote.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House
               I certify that H.B. No. 3483 was passed by the Senate on May
         21, 2001, by a viva-voce vote.
                                                 Secretary of the Senate
         APPROVED:  __________________________