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Keep Pressure on the Texas House for a Clean
Thanks to the communications of over 1100 Sierra Club members and supporters in responding to a Lone Star Chapter action alert the Texas Senate on May 12 unanimously passed a clean TCEQ sunset bill without the so-called Chisum amendments to restrict the rights of Texans to contest permits for pollution sources that might threaten their communities and their health.
The main sponsor of the bill (HB 2694) - Sen. Joan Huffman of Houston - not only stripped off the Chisum and other House amendments in committee but she also made a firm commitment on the Senate floor to fight to keep those amendments off in the anticipated House-Senate conference committee on the bill.
Sen. Huffman, Sen. Glenn Hegar (Victoria), and Sen. Kirk Watson (Austin) deserve our thanks for their actions on the bill to make sure a clean TCEQ sunset bill left the Senate on its way back to the Texas House.
The House is expected to refuse to concur with the Senate action on HB 2694, and then a House-Senate conference committee will be set up this week (the week of May 16) to produce the final version of the TCEQ sunset bill out of the separate House and Senate versions.
Please contact your state House member to tell him or her to urge the House conferees on HB 2694 to support a clean TCEQ sunset bill like the version the Senate passed so that we may clean up Texas!
If you arent sure who your State Representative (Texas House member) is, go to Who Represents Me? at the Texas Legislature Online at http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/.
Vote for HB 2694 (TX-82R)
By Smith, Wayne. Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and abolishing the On-site Wastewater Treatment Research Council.
H- 468 Motion to Table Amendment #2 by Anchia
Alliance for a Clean
Network of 26 state-wide organizations representing over a quarter million
Texans. ACT member groups are united behind four legislative priorities
for a cleaner, healthier environment and a sustainable economy.
Texas Legislature Voting Records, 1993-2009 are available in PDF format.
Studies focusing on the voting records of the individual members of the Texas Legislature. A short narrative describes the bills tracked by the Sierra Club and each legislator's recorded votes.