COMMITTEE:   Environmental Regulation 

TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Monday, May 23, 2016 

PLACE:       E1.026 
CHAIR:       Rep. Geanie Morrison 


The Committee will meet to hear invited testimony on the following charges:


Interim Charge #1 - Review the varied regulatory schemes for household hazardous waste disposal and recommend if more uniform guidelines could improve legal disposal habits. Determine any opportunities or incentives for consumers and retailers that would promote proper hazardous waste disposal in a cost-effective manner.


Interim Charge #4 - Study the effectiveness of current state programs to address scrap tire management and disposal methods, including the incidence of scrap tires and rubber debris on roadways and in watercourses. Include analysis of disposal fee collection and management as well as local funding allocations. Provide incentive or enforcement recommendations for ongoing clean-up efforts, abatement of identified tire dump sites, and means of ensuring accurate record keeping and reporting.


Interim Charge #5 - Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should:


a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens;


b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate;


c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner;


d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs; and


e. monitor implementation of major environmental regulation legislation passed by the 84th Legislature, including recent reforms that provide for streamlined environmental permitting.






Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, are requested to contact Stacey Nicchio at (512) 463-0850, 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.