We at LIV really hope you will make calls as soon as you see this as the legislature moves into its final phase ending on May 27.
►It's time to KILL this BAD Petition Bill, SB 323! Calls needed now, including eves or weekends.
►HB 1066, brought to us by the SAWS lobby team for water hustlers to mute landowner challenges to mega-water permit exports is on the Governor's desk! Urge Gov. Abbott to veto it, just like he did in 2017.
►San Antonio's public water utility, SAWS, caught on Thursday hosing their ratepayers and Central Texas with $87 million in impact fee waivers to developers for Vista Ridge (San Antone Hose).
DETAILS • ACTION PLEASE!
►KILL BILL -- SB 323, a bad petition bill. From the very start of this session, LIV worked with a team of attorneys and petition experts to make SB 323 a decent bill to resolve ballot language disputes between municipal government and citizen petitioners -- to no avail. The authors have apparently bowed to the municipal lobby and allowed language empowering municipal authorities to stall petitions in the courts. Moreover, they removed bond measures from the same court review process.
FYI, LIV Board Member, Jeff Harper, reminds you in his article here the redistricting reform discussion in Ft. Worth can be stymied with the passage of SB 323.
►HB 1066, is a truly nefarious groundwater bill promoted by the SAWS lobby team to silence landowners who object to the Vista Ridge (San Antone Hose) mega-permit and others like it. It denies them the right to a public hearing extending permits for transferring groundwater out of their area. Join us to urge the Governor veto this bill. It could become law on Tuesday, so do this NOW, please.
►The misguided effort to build a megalopolis between Austin and San Antonio continues. It's brought to you by a public water utility, San Antonio Water System (SAWS) in their never-ending quest to be the King water broker for central Texas -- and aid private water hustlers. On Thursday, San Antonio citizens busted SAWS at a City Council Council hearing for extensive manipulation of data and false claims to justify a $87 milion gift to the developers who pushed for Vista Ridge (the San Antone Hose.) Now, those developers don't want to pay for it -- surprise, surprise. Congralations to the three Council members who said no. They span the political spectrum just like us at LIV -- Courage, Perry and Brockhouse.
Note: It's not too late for candidates in the Mayoral and City Council runoffs (starting May 28) to join those who support the Vista Ridge Resolution: Greg Brockhouse (Mayor's runoff), Jada Andrews-Sullivan IDistrict 2) and Adriana Garcia (District 6). Please ask about this at upcoming candidate forums, especially in District 6.
Thanks, y'all. And, yes, you can donate to our cause any old time!
Independently yours, Texas!
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