HBA-NMO S.B. 657 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 657 By: Brown Natural Resources 4/16/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law requires each regional water planning group to submit a regional water plan that provides specific water management strategies to be used during a drought of record when flows are at 50 and 75 percent of normal, respectively. While the intent of this water flow percentage requirement is to ensure that water providers have plans for times when water supplies are at levels appropriate for drought response, the designated percentages of normal flow may not always be relevant to certain water supplies. In addition, the requirement may be time consuming and costly. H.B. 1590 deletes the flow percentage stipulations from the water management strategies to be used during a drought of record. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 16.012(h), Water Code, by deleting language concerning flows at certain percentages of normal from the projected amount of water that would be available during a drought of record, as required to be provided by the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, within 90 days of completing a water availability model for a river basin, to holders of existing permits, certified filings, and certificates of adjudication in a river basin. SECTION 2. Amends Section 16.053(e), Water Code, to provide that the regional water plan, that each regional water planning group is required to submit to the Texas Water Development Board, must identify each source of water supply in the regional planning area, factors specific to each source of water supply to be considered in determining whether to initiate a drought response, and actions to be taken as a part of the response. Deletes language concerning flows at certain percentages of normal as part of the plan's water management strategy to be used during a drought of record. Makes conforming and nonsubstantive changes. SECTION 3.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.