HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HEARING OF REP. CECIL BELL’S HOUSE BILL 2479

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION HEARING OF REP. CECIL BELL’S HOUSE BILL 2479 – STATE CAPITOL, AUSTIN, TEXAS TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

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Many Waller County citizens attended the House Committee on Environmental Regulation hearing of Rep. Cecil Bell’s House Bill 2479 at the State Capitol held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, despite short notice, work schedules and prior commitments. Many others watched via live streaming video. For those who were unable to attend or watch, we wanted to update you on the events of that important day, outline the next stages of these proceedings and let you know how you can be of assistance.

Attendees had the opportunity to sign in electronically “For” or “Against” HB 2479 prior to and during the hearing which opened very shortly after 8 a.m. As anticipated, when our bill came up, Representative Bell laid out a substitute for HB 2479 which in essence narrows the focus of this bill to the proposed Pintail site in Waller County. If passed into law, this bill would prevent Pintail from filing a third application on the site from the time that the law takes effect.

After testimony on four other environmental House Bills was presented to the committee, Rep. Cecil Bell laid out his HB 2479 and the substitute at around 9:20 a.m. The testimony of 14 witnesses, some “For”, some “Against” followed, ending with a final word of closing by Rep Bell. Waller County was very well represented with testimony from County Judge Trey Duhon, citizens Tobi Kosanke and her daughter, Jemma, Hempstead Mayor Michael Wolfe, and former Prairie View Mayor Frank Jackson. CALH witnesses, Bill Huntsinger, Rick Welch and Bob Gage, did an exceptional job of expressing this community’s concerns and describing events of the past 6 years in an appeal to the committee to pass this particular bill. Understandably, it was impossible to include every twist and turn in the Pintail saga in the limited time offered at this hearing but you can watch the entire proceeding at the following video links below to gain an excellent understanding of how well our story was conveyed. You will note that the members of this Committee were engaged and interested in the testimony given and some members asked probing questions of several opposition witnesses.

http://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=40&clip_id=13480 (beginning at 1:12:10)

http://tlchouse.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=40&clip_id=13494 (first 1:05:20)

We understand from Rep. Bell that a short, personal email in support of HB2479 to each individual Environmental Regulation Committee member (contact list follows or you can use this link:  http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/committee/?committee=C260) would go a long way to demonstrate to these gentlemen the need for this law, as well as the size and depth of local support for this bill.  We ask that each of you take a few moments to show your support in this way in the next day or so, as time is of the essence.

Currently, HB 2479 is ‘pending in committee’ and will be taken up soon for further action.  Rep. Bell stated that a committee vote could be expected within a week, perhaps sooner, and we will let you know the outcome and whether this bill will advance to the House floor for a full vote.  This is a long process which includes being passed in both the House and the Senate, but Rep. Bell’s House Bill 2479 could take effect as early as September 1, 2017.

As CALH President, Bill Huntsinger, stated in his testimony, we live in an ‘amazing community’ and your sustained support has played a major role in the success achieved to date.  Please send your emails in support of HB 2479 and let the Committee on Environmental Regulation know where you stand.  Thank you, as always, for your continued support.

Environmental Regulation Committee – Contact Information

Testifying at HB 2479 Hearing in Austin:

CALH President, Bill Huntsinger

CALH President, Bill Huntsinger

CALH Representative, Rick Welch

CALH Representative, Rick Welch

Waller County Judge, Trey Duhon

Waller County Judge, Trey Duhon

Hempstead Mayor, Michael Wolfe

Hempstead Mayor, Michael Wolfe

Former Prairie View Mayor, Frank Jackson

Former Prairie View Mayor, Frank Jackson

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