2021 Lege

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Our Land, Our Water, Our Democracy LIV Lobby Day March 5thThanks for taking a peek at what LIV is doing in this 2021 Lege (Legislative) Session. We encourage you to call, write (yes, hand written letters are still the best!), email or go visit your Legislators at the Capitol or their offices near where you live.

We are tracking Energy, Water and Election Bills as best we can without paid lobbyists. Scroll down for each section.

Email us your concerns or call us at 512.213.4511.

First, we offer below various Resources and direction you might be looking for. We continue to update this page and welcome your suggestions.

Be sure to check LIV's Events Page for educational forums on these issues.

RESOURCES

How to know how to reach the right Legislators -- remember, we're talking here about the State House and State Senate though you will see federal here too:  Click here for Who Represents You.

For all Texas Legislators (House and Senate), Staff, Committees and State Officials? Here ya go!
HRO Directory of Legislative Staff - 87th Legislature

State Officials to Reach:
Gov. Greg Abbott
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (remember, he runs the Texas Senate)
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (pronounced 'feelin'")

To email legislators or staffers, here's how you can figure out their email addresses.
In the House, use first name, dot, last name, then @house.texas.gov (Ex: joe.schmoe@house.texas.gov

In the State Senate, use first name, dot, last name, then, @senate.texas.gov, (Ex: Jane.Doe@senate.texas.gov)

Read the latest LIV News releases below, though we urge you to get on our email list.

The remainder of this page separates bills and committees.

Elections

Texas Water

Vista Ridge Resolution Coalition
LIV's water priority in the 2021 Legislative Session is to get action on Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose. No reform bills have been offered. This disaster in the making has long been ignored by legislative leaders from both parties and the San Antonio City Council. Yet, the alliance between a public utility -- San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and profiteers at Vista Ridge, LLC is intolerable as ancient aquifers not 40 miles from the Capitol are mined without regard to the duty to manage aquifers, landowners rights and ratepayer abuse. It is as if they never heard of the Conservation Clause of the Texas Constitution (Article 16 - Sec. 59).

LIV also has mounds of evidence to show State Officials and lawmakers. One of the most recent and best are these FAQs (note number 2) parked at the SAWS Act PAC.

Here's LIV'a marching orders -- dear citizens -- on the water front!

Call your legislators -- House and Senate and Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker of the House Dade Phelan.  Ask them to "investigate SAWS and Vista Ridge before we have another disaster." Then, urge them to get in touch with us at LIV for more information. They can call us at 512.213.4511 or email us at info@independentleaguetx.org.

On other water legislation, here are relevant committee member lists.

2021 Senate Water Committee Members and Staffers

2021 House Natural Resources Committee