BILL ANALYSIS

 

 

Senate Research Center

S.B. 978

86R11778 BRG-F

By: Hughes

 

Water & Rural Affairs

 

4/22/2019

 

As Filed

 

 

 

AUTHOR'S / SPONSOR'S STATEMENT OF INTENT

 

S.B. 978 would request a joint interim committee study on the feasibility and desirability of converting quarry and surface mine pits (i.e., sand, gravel, and other minerals mined in Texas) for use as water storage reservoirs to enhance the stateďż˝s available water supply. 

 

The study would include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The committee shall report to the governor and the legislature the findings of the study and any recommendations developed by the committee.

 

As proposed, S.B. 978 amends current law relating to a study of the feasibility of converting quarries and surface mine pits for use as water storage reservoirs to enhance this state's available water supply.

 

RULEMAKING AUTHORITY

 

This bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency.

 

SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS

 

SECTION 1. (a) Requires the legislature to establish a joint interim committee to study the feasibility and desirability of converting quarries and surface mine pits for use as water storage reservoirs to enhance this state's available water supply.

 

(b) Provides that the committee is composed of the members of the standing committee of the senate that has primary jurisdiction over natural resources and the members of the standing committee of the house of representatives that has primary jurisdiction over natural resources.

 

(c) Requires the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house of representatives to jointly designate a chair or, alternatively, designate two co-chairs from among the committee membership.

 

(d) Authorizes the committee to adopt rules necessary to carry out the committee's duties under this section.

 

(e) Requires the committee, not later than December 1, 2020, to report to the governor and the legislature the findings of the study and any recommendations developed by the committee under this section.

 

(f) Provides that this committee is abolished and this Act expires January 12, 2021.

 

SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 2019.