Bill Text: TX HB858 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the posting by the Railroad Commission of Texas on its Internet website of certain enforcement information.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 6-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-25 - Referred to Energy Resources [HB858 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB858-Introduced.html
  86R4693 BRG-D
 
  By: Anchia H.B. No. 858
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the posting by the Railroad Commission of Texas on its
  Internet website of certain enforcement information.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 81, Natural Resources
  Code, is amended by adding Section 81.073 to read as follows:
         Sec. 81.073.  ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION. (a)  The commission
  shall post on the commission's Internet website:
               (1)  comprehensive information regarding the
  commission's enforcement of this title and rules, orders, licenses,
  permits, and certificates issued under this title, including
  information regarding:
                     (A)  inspection and enforcement activity;
                     (B)  violations; and
                     (C)  the amount of penalties finally assessed;
               (2)  information evidencing quarterly trends regarding
  enforcement activity by the commission, including:
                     (A)  the number of complaints received and the
  manner in which they were resolved;
                     (B)  the total number of inspections conducted,
  the number of inspections conducted following the receipt of a
  complaint, and the number of inspections conducted on the
  commission's own initiative;
                     (C)  the number of violations, categorized
  according to the degree of severity of the violation and the
  statute, rule, order, license, permit, or certificate violated, for
  which enforcement action has been taken;
                     (D)  the number of repeat violations determined to
  have been committed; and
                     (E)  the number of violations referred to the
  attorney general for enforcement; and
               (3)  an analysis of annual trends regarding complaints
  filed with the commission and enforcement activity by the
  commission.
         (b)  Information required to be posted under this section
  must be:
               (1)  in a searchable format;
               (2)  organized by county, by operator or other entity,
  and by well, if applicable; and
               (3)  capable of being downloaded in bulk.
         SECTION 2.  The Railroad Commission of Texas shall comply
  with Section 83.073(b), Natural Resources Code, as added by this
  Act, not later than January 1, 2021.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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