S.B. No. 691
  relating to the exemption from permitting by groundwater
  conservation districts for certain water wells used for domestic,
  livestock, and poultry watering purposes.
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (b), Section 36.117, Water Code, is
  amended to read as follows:
         (b)  A district may not require any permit issued by the
  district for:
               (1)  a well used solely for domestic use, or for
  providing water for livestock or poultry, if the well is:
                     (A)  located on a tract of land larger than 10
  acres; and
                     (B)  [that is] either drilled, completed, or
  equipped so that it is incapable of producing more than 25,000
  gallons of groundwater a day;
               (2)  the drilling of a water well used solely to supply
  water for a rig that is actively engaged in drilling or exploration
  operations for an oil or gas well permitted by the Railroad
  Commission of Texas provided that the person holding the permit is
  responsible for drilling and operating the water well and the well
  is located on the same lease or field associated with the drilling
  rig; or
               (3)  the drilling of a water well authorized under a
  permit issued by the Railroad Commission of Texas under Chapter
  134, Natural Resources Code, or for production from such a well to
  the extent the withdrawals are required for mining activities
  regardless of any subsequent use of the water.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 691 passed the Senate on
  March 29, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 691 passed the House on
  April 19, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House