Honorable Patricia Harless, Chair, House Committee on Environmental Regulation
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3154 by Lewis (Relating to environmental or health and safety audits under the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act.), As Introduced
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would modify the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act to provide prospective purchasers of facilities regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) the opportunity to avail themselves of the Act for violations identified during their pre-acquisition investigation prior to acquisition of the facility. Currently, the Act only applies to existing owners and operators. The bill would also prescribe a six-month time frame for the completion of an audit after a prospective buyer closes on the acquisition of a facility, and it would provide immunity in certain circumstances for the disclosure of violations within the first six months of acquisition of the facility.
Passage of the bill is not expected to result in a significant increase in TCEQ's workload.
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.