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Senate Committee on Water & Rural Affairs
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 86th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Charles Perry

Brandon Creighton

Carol Alvarado
Nathan Johnson
Lois Kolkhorst
José Rodríguez
Larry Taylor


(512) 463-0340

Sam Houston Building, 335

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86th Session Interim

  • January 22, 2020Joint hearing with Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development

86th Regular Session

Interim Charges

(Joint Charges for Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee and Water and Rural Affairs Committee)

  • Local Economic Development Incentives: Study the use of local tax abatements allowed under Chapter 313 of the Texas Tax Code. Make recommendations to promote transparency and enhance effectiveness of tax abatements, capital investment incentives, and similar programs.
  • Eminent Domain: Examine current law regarding the balance of private property rights and continued improvement in oil and gas infrastructure. Make recommendations to ensure stability between private property owner protections and emergent oil and gas infrastructure.
  • Future Water Supply: Examine current laws, processes, and water storage options and availability. Make recommendations promoting the state's water supply, storage, availability, valuation, movement, and development of new sources.
  • River Authority Infrastructure: Examine the roles and responsibilities of river authorities in maintaining their managed assets including, but not limited to, dams. Evaluate the impact on the economy, water supply, and flood control due to deferred maintenance. Make recommendations to promote infrastructure stability and maintain the usability of these bodies of water.
  • Groundwater Regulatory Framework: Study the state's groundwater regulatory framework and make recommendations to improve groundwater regulation, management, and permitting.
  • Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committees on Natural Resources and Economic Development and Water and Rural Affairs passed by the 86th Legislature, as well as relevant agencies and programs under each committee's jurisdiction. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:
    • Senate Bills 6, 7, 8, and 500, relating to disaster response and recovery, disaster funds, state-wide flood planning, and dam maintenance;
    • Senate Bill 698, related to expedited permitting;
    • Senate Bill 700, relating to water utility ratemaking reform;
    • Senate Bill 2272, relating to certain amendment and revocation procedures;
    • House Bill 1325, relating to the production and regulation of hemp; and
    • House Bill 3557, relating to civil and criminal liability for engaging in certain conduct involving a critical infrastructure facility.