Anyone wanting to serve on the board of the Bee Groundwater Conservation District must own land in the district they wish to represent under a bill approved by the Texas House and Senate.
House Bill 4721, the companion bill for Senate Bill 2495, was authored by state Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles on behalf of the Bee Groundwater Conservation District. The bill will require a member of the board of directors to own land in the district they are wishing to represent.
Gonzalez Toureilles filed 19 bills last legislative session, all of which were approved by the House of Representatives and the Texas Senate.
The bills were forwarded to Gov. Rick Perry, who did not veto them, Gonzalez Toureilles announced.
Gonzalez Toureilles represented House District 35, which includes Bee County.
Five of the 19 bills she filed include:
• House Bill 753, filed at the request of the Goliad County Groundwater Conservation District, changes the election date for the district from May to November. This date will allow it to be in conjunction with the fall uniform election date.
• House Bill 2708 amended the legislation that created the Karnes County Hospital District. The changes will allow Karnes County Hospital to borrow money for the operation of the hospital. The legislation also outlined time periods in which the terms of the loan must be repaid.
• House Bill 3140 was filed on behalf of groundwater conservation districts. The bill will allow the districts to qualify for the use of vehicles held by law enforcement agencies that are abandoned or forfeited.
• House Bill 2572 provides clarification language for the statute governing the placement of natural gas pipelines in easements and rights-of-way. The bill was amended to provide protections for landowners on the placement of the pipelines within the jurisdiction of a city.
• House Bill 2581, the companion bill to Senate Bill 2423, was filed and passed to give added protection to consumers who use discount health care cards. The bill will limit the companies from selling the personal and medical information of consumers to third parties.
For more information on other legislation, visit the Texas Legislature Online at: http://www.legis.state.tx.us.