Bill Text: TX HB2154 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to a commission to study the needs of areas of the state significantly affected by oil and gas production.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 17-5)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-05-10 - Point of order sustained Article III, Section 30, and Article III, Section 35 [HB2154 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB2154-Comm_Sub.html
  86R26964 CJC-D
 
  By: Landgraf, Craddick, Nevárez, Paddie, H.B. No. 2154
      King of Uvalde, et al.
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 2154:
 
  By:  Capriglione C.S.H.B. No. 2154
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to a commission to study the needs of areas of the state
  significantly affected by oil and gas production.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  (a) In this section, "commission" means the
  generate recurring oil wealth for Texas (GROW Texas) study
  commission.
         (b)  The generate recurring oil wealth for Texas (GROW Texas)
  study commission is established to study the needs of areas of the
  state significantly affected by oil and gas production, including
  infrastructure, safety, and educational needs, and to make
  recommendations to the legislature regarding the appropriation of
  money in the generate recurring oil wealth for Texas (GROW Texas)
  fund created under Section 49-g-3, Article III, Texas Constitution.
         (c)  The commission is composed of seven members, consisting
  of the following:
               (1)  three members appointed by the governor;
               (2)  two members appointed by the lieutenant governor;
  and
               (3)  two members appointed by the speaker of the house
  of representatives.
         (d)  The members appointed by the governor must reside in
  areas of the state from which oil and gas are produced and include
  at least:
               (1)  one person who is a member of the business
  community; and
               (2)  one person who is a member of the civic community.
         (e)  At least one member appointed by the lieutenant governor
  and one member appointed by the speaker of the house of
  representatives must represent an area of the state from which oil
  and gas are produced.
         (f)  In making appointments under this section, the
  governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of
  representatives shall coordinate to ensure that the membership of
  the commission reflects, to the extent possible, the ethnic and
  geographic diversity of the state.
         (g)  The governor shall designate the presiding officer of
  the commission.
         (h)  A member of the commission is not entitled to
  compensation for service on the commission but is entitled to
  reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in
  performing commission duties.
         (i)  The commission shall develop recommendations under this
  section to address issues related to:
               (1)  the specific needs of areas of the state from which
  oil and gas are produced, including:
                     (A)  needs relating to infrastructure degradation
  caused by oil and gas production activities;
                     (B)  increased public health and safety needs; and
                     (C)  educational and workforce training needs;
  and
               (2)  the costs to political subdivisions to address the
  needs identified under Subdivision (1) of this subsection.
         (j)  Not later than December 31, 2020, the commission shall
  prepare and deliver a report to the governor and the legislature
  that recommends statutory changes to address the needs of areas of
  the state significantly affected by oil and gas production and the
  appropriation of state funds dedicated for those purposes.
         (k)  The commission may hold public meetings as needed to
  fulfill its duties under this section.
         (l)  The commission is subject to Chapters 551 and 552,
  Government Code.
         (m)  The commission is abolished and this section expires
  February 1, 2021.
         SECTION 2.  Not later than the 30th day after the effective
  date of this Act, the appropriate persons shall make the
  appointments and designation required by this Act.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect January 1, 2020, but only
  if the constitutional amendment proposed by the 86th Legislature,
  Regular Session, 2019, providing for the creation of the generate
  recurring oil wealth for Texas (GROW Texas) fund, dedicating the
  money in that fund to benefit areas of the state from which oil and
  gas are produced, and providing for the transfer of certain general
  revenues to that fund, the economic stabilization fund, and the
  state highway fund is approved by the voters. If that amendment is
  not approved by the voters, this Act has no effect.
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