Honorable Lyle Larson, Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB180 by Lucio III (Relating to the review of groundwater conservation districts by the state auditor.), As Introduced
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The Bill would revise the existing statute to replace the State Auditor's authority to "audit the records" of a groundwater conservation district with authority to "conduct a financial audit" of a district. The bill would repeal Water Code, Section 36.302, which currently authorizes the State Auditor's Office (SAO) to review a district's achievement of its management plan objectives. The section which would be repealed also provides the SAO authority to perform comprehensive audits to determine whether groundwater conservation districts are achieving the objective of the districts' management plans.
The bill also would clarify who the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is authorized to take an enforcement action against when a district has a management plan and approved regional water plan that are in conflict, removing references to the SAO and removing a reporting requirement for information about SAO audits performed on GCD management plans.
The SAO reports that enactment of the bill could result in some savings to the extent that the SAO would no longer be authorized to conduct certain types of audits. However, the savings are not expected to be significant. The TCEQ anticipates that implementing the provisions of the bill could be accomplished within existing resources.
Local Government Impact
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
308 State Auditor's Office, 580 Water Development Board, 582 Commission on Environmental Quality