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House Committee on Natural Resources - 81st R.S. (2009)

Committee Members
Allan Ritter, Chair
William "Bill" Callegari, Vice Chair
Frank Corte, Jr.
Brandon Creighton
Stephen Frost
Tracy O. King
Jodie Laubenberg
Eddie Lucio, III
Trey Martinez Fischer
Doug Miller
John Smithee
Charges
• Evaluate groundwater regulations and permitting processes throughout the state, including the role of state agencies in groundwater management, the development of desired future conditions, and the adoption of groundwater management plans in relation to regional and state water planning.
• Monitor the effects of current and proposed federal initiatives that could impact the implementation of the State Water Plan. Evaluate the policies and investments developed by other states dealing with water issues similar to the State of Texas.
• Monitor ongoing drought conditions and initiatives to promote water conservation through the review of the following: state requirements for the submittal of water conservation plans and annual reporting; the "trigger" for use of drought contingency plans; recommendations by state agencies and the Water Conservation Advisory Council; and progress toward the development of recycled water resources and desalination projects.
• Evaluate the regulatory model for investor-owned water and sewer utilities, including rate case process and timing, consultant fee recovery, overall cost reductions, and more effective consumer participation.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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