League of Independent Voters of Texas

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As we move into the final phase of the legislative session, with adjournment on June 1, here's all we know and what you can do -- please!

Senate Bill 474, Sen. Lois Kolhorst & Rep. Cindy Burkett, Eminent Domain Reform -- giving landowners attorney fee reimbursement when lowballed by condemnees by 20%. Though the bill passed the Senate, it's been languishing for 6 weeks in Rep. Joe Deshotel's House Committee -- Land and Resource Management.  Deshotel's hearing was an absollute travesty as a herd of lobbyists came to make scurrilous claims that the sky would fall if this bill passed. Deshotel demanded no evidence whatsover in light of the fact that 25 states have similar laws.

We are now officially on the warpath to get SB 474 out of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management.
Please call Rep. Joe Deshotel at (512) 463-0662
Tell Joe to move the bill -- no four letter words, please -- but do tell him how you feel.

House Bill 3298 - Gridzilla: We have seen some good amendments of "Gridzilla", Rep. Lyle Larson's $2M study for conveyance and marketing of water to SA, Austin and DFW. BUT, we still have big objections to Gridzilla which does not yet include:

  • Evaluation of conservation efforts by cities, industries and other users who will be getting water from the grid, to reduce their demand for water --- we want to use conservation, first, to reduce demand.
  • Evaluation of the long-term economic, environmental and social impacts on the communities whose water will be used for the grid.

Please call your Senator and tell her/him that we want Gridzilla amended to include conservation and impacts on so-called "donor" communities, or to slay Gridzilla! Find your Senator here.

House Bill 2595 -- Rep. Keffer & Sen. Fraser's anti-petition rights bill. We brought together a rarely seen coalition of forces last minute to deep-six this horrible bill in the Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee yesterday. If HB 2595 doesn't die in committee, it's pretty clear to us that there will be political consequences! Watch the testimony here, starting at 1:43:01 then here at the beginning.

Keep after your Senators to bury HB 2595, just in case it comes out of committee. Find your Senators here.

Thank you, Texas! Please share this message!

Independently yours,

League of Independent Voters of Texas
PO Box 651 * Bastrop, TX 78602
512-213-4511 * 512-657-2089 cell

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