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Legislative Update
May 4, 2015 

EWA Legislative Update

05-04-15 

 

On April 29 EWA has signed, with other agricultural groups, a letter of support for the

Federal Water Quality Protection Act. We joined others to express our concerns about the rule jointly proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to redefine “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The legislation addresses significant flaws in the proposed WOTUS rule and requires the development of a new proposal after the agencies have engaged in meaningful stakeholder consultation.

 

 

HB 3590

by Krause would forbid the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality from voluntarily complying with and would give to the EPA authority to regulate a person, entity, or activity that it did not regulate on January 1, 2015. EWA supported the bill.

 

HB 1932

by Burns would simplify the property tax valuation for wildlife management by eliminating the condition that the land has to be already qualified as open space when the wildlife management use begins; it would add native pasture as a qualification for applying to wildlife management valuation. EWA supported the bill.

 

SB 708

by Garcia, identical to last week HB 1800, would define an aggressive dog – a dog that attacks people who are welcome in their master’s house or other dogs without provocation – and a nuisance dog – one that affects the quality of life of people other than the owners by constant barking, defecating on other people’s property, and running at large; the bill forbids an officer to seize a nuisance dog unless it runs at large. EWA opposed the bill.

 

HB 422

by Krause would forbid a law enforcement officer or an officer of any other state agency from helping the federal government employee to enforce a federal law, rule, regulation, if it imposes a prohibition, or a restriction, or a registration that does not exists under our state law. EWA supported the bill.

 

HR 1508

by Tracy O. King would express the Texas House of Representative’s opposition to federal legislative or regulatory action at any level that may result in unnecessary restrictions on the use of modern agricultural technologies such as chemicals, engineering, pesticides, precision farming equipment, nutrients, etc.
EWA supported the bill.

 

HB 1751

adds a chapter in the Gov. Code saying that it is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for, or to participate in the execution or enforcement of any federal law that the legislature finds violates the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution. Two thirds of legislators of each chamber must find that the federal law violates Article 1 of the Texas Constitution. EWA supported the bill.

 

A few bills that we supported have been finally referred in the House and Senate committee. Bills must be referred to a committee to have a hearing and move forward.

 

SB 988

The Holly Combs Act, has been referred to House Public Health Committee and therefore will be able, hopefully, to be heard soon.

 

HB 1203

limiting the liabilities of farms and ranches when engaging in agro-tourism activities- was voted out of committee and has been sent to Local and Consent Calendar, one of the committees responsible for sending bills to the House floor. Its companion SB 610 passed the Senate and has been referred to House Agriculture and Livestock Committee.

 

SCR 1

claiming Texas sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution, passed the Senate and it has been referred to the House State and Federal Power and Responsibility Committee.

 

SB 474

relating to the recovery of costs and fees in connection with certain eminent domain proceedings- passed the Senate and has been referred in the House Land and Resource Management.

 

HB 1190

relating to the compensation of property owners whose property is damaged as a result of a pursuit involving a federal law enforcement agency- has passed the House and has been sent to the Senate.

 

Campus Carry SB 11 has been received in the House, but not yet referred; its companion HB 937 has passed out of committee and referred to Calendar, the other Committee whose responsibility is to send bills to the House floor.

 

Open Carry SB 17 was received in the House but not yet referred and its companion HB 910 has been received in the Senate and not yet referred.

 

The Constitutional Amendment for Right to Hunt HJR 61 has been voted out of committee and now considered in Calendar committee; its companion SJR 22 has been received in the House from the Senate but not yet referred.
 

 

Respectfully submitted by your EWA Legislative Committee,

Marida Favia del Core Borromeo, Chairman

Terry Caffey, Gib Lewis, Todd Franks,
Chas. Schreiner IV, Bruce Fairchild