HBA-BSM H.B. 3535 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3535 By: Puente State Affairs 3/30/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, the Edwards Aquifer Authority (authority) is subject to the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act (APTRA), the Open Meetings Act, and the Public Information Act. The authority is the only non-state agency subject to the APTRA, and while abiding by the APTRA may be feasible for a large state agency, it has proven difficult and costly for a groundwater district. The authority has had problems in the past conforming to APTRA rules, resulting in groundwater withdrawal permits being delayed. House Bill 3535 removes the Edwards Aquifer Authority from being subject to the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 3535 repeals provisions subjecting the Edwards Aquifer Authority Act to the Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.