Monday, May 23, 2005

URGENT- Tell your Rep to Vote NO on SB 1858

This was sent to me by another Matt that works at GEAA. SB 1858 will be voted on tomorrow. I will have more on this bill tonight.
Dear GEAA members and Protectors of the Edwards Aquifer, Right now is your last chance to tell your Representative TO PROTECT OUR AQUIFER AND CREEKS! VOTE IS TOMORROW-TUESDAY, MAY 24th!

On Tuesday SB 1858 will be up for vote in the House. This bill will render invalid water quality ordinances that protect drinking water and swimming holes. Current ordinances will be unenforceable until approved by the special interest controlled Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. This process could take years or forever. Most cities, including Austin, San Antonio and Dripping Springs have ordinances that are more strict than TCEQ standards and thus might never be approved. This bill is a serious threat to water quality and storm water/flooding control.

Call, fax or email your Representative TODAY and ask them to OPPOSE SB 1858.
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At 2:55 PM, Blogger P.M.Bryant said...

Thanks for the alert. Do you have insight into how Madla's and Barrientos' amendments affect this bill? On a quick reading, they seem to reduce its negative impact significantly, but I am a novice at reading legislation. Also, are those amendments in place in the House version?

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

The amendment clarifies language and does make the bill tolerable. The problem is that the house passed the bill with out the amendments.

The concern by GEAA is that the bill will get fast tracked in the Senate tomorrow and be passed with out the amendments that were already passed. If this happens there will be no conference committee and the bill will just be the negative bill that helps the developers.

I hope that helps.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger P.M.Bryant said...

That helps a lot. Thanks. Though I thought it hadn't passed the House yet, but perhaps you meant that the House is voting on it without the amendments tomorrow. Is that right?

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Matt Glazer said...

The house has already passed it from what I understand.


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