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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

LAWMAKERS ADOPT A PAIR OF NEW TMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES POLICIES

Less than a month after the TMA House of Delegates met, the Texas Legislature passed bills enacting two new house policies.
  • The House of Delegates “took a firm stand against the epidemic use” of cell phones and texting while driving because they often cause accidents. The legislature on Saturday sent Governor Perry House Bill 242 by Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland). It includes TMA-backed language from Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) that would outlaw sending or reading emails or text messages while driving.
  • The TMA house asked the legislature to encourage natural gas production but protect Texas water from the risk of hydrofracking by requiring disclosure of fracking fluid components. Lawmakers passed HB Bill 3328 by Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and Senator Nelson. The bill requires natural gas drillers to publicly disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing.

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