The Committee shall:
- Assess current efforts to reduce emissions and comply with standards in the federal Clean Air Act. The Committee should monitor the efforts of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Advisory Committee established in SB 5, 77th Legislature.
- Monitor the implementation of the colonia water and wastewater self-help grant program established in SB 312, 77th Legislature.
- Monitor the activities of the Joint Committee on Water Resources, the Texas Water Advisory Council and the Joint Interim Committee on Office of Natural Resource Public Interest Counsel.
- Study and evaluate the state's ability to respond to natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tropical storms, coastal flooding, and flooding along the state's river basins; assess the extent to which population growth and land use along the coast and the river basins has increased the state's vulnerability to such hazards. The Committee shall make recommendations on the state's flood mitigation program and state coordination with the federal government and political subdivisions of the state.
- Study and make recommendations on the research and use of alternative fuels and fuel additives in Texas. The Committee shall assess the cost-benefit of innovative technology in converting solid and agricultural waste into fuel and fuel additives.
The Committee shall submit copies of its final report as soon as possible, but no later than November 15, 2002. This date will allow the findings of the Committee to be considered when the Legislative Budget Board is developing performance and budget recommendations to the 78th Legislature. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Senate, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library.
The final report of the Committee should be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Committee and include any recommended statutory changes. Draft legislation containing recommended statutory changes should be attached to the report. Recommended agency rule changes should also be attached to the report.
Charge 1 - SB5 FINAL REPORT (PDF - 3.05 mb)
Charge 2 - COLONIA FINAL REPORT (PDF - 4.41 mb)
Charge 4 - NATURAL DISASTER FINAL REPORT (PDF - 1.36 mb)
Charge 5 - ALTERNATIVE FUELS FINAL REPORT (PDF - 293 kb)
Joint Committee on Water Resources (PDF - 476 kb)
Subcommittee on Agriculture (PDF - 2 mb)
Joint Committee on Natural Resource Public Interest Counsel (PDF - 1.6 mb)
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Budget and Staff
The Committee shall use its existing staff, including any subcommittee staff, and utilize the budget approved by the Senate Committee on Administration. Where appropriate, the Committee should obtain assistance from the Senate Research Center and legislative agencies, including the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Council, and the State Auditor. The Committee should also seek the assistance of appropriate Executive Branch agencies with responsibilities in the areas related to the Committee's interim charges.
Pursuant to Section 301.041, Government Code, it may be necessary to change the membership of a committee if a member is not returning to the Legislature in 2003. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 78th Legislative Session.
77th Legislature's Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture.
76th Legislature's Senate Natural Resources Committee.