Pleae contact Governor Perry's office and ask him to include Senate Bill 635 in the Special Session of Legislature.
Governor Perry's contact:
Main Switchboard: (512) 463-2000
Online Form: http://governor.state.tx.us/contact/
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Bill to protect water ratepayers hits a roadblock
Sometimes bills die because they cannot pass the Senate. Sometimes they die because they cannot pass the House. Unfortunately, some bills are passed overwhelming by both chambers but die because they are caught behind other legislation at the end of session.
That is what happened to my Senate Bill 635 which created policies and protections to help ratepayers paying excessive water and wastewater bills. Senate Bill 635 would have transferred ratemaking from the Texas Department of Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission. The bill would allow the executive director of the PUC to establish an interim rate to provide relief to ratepayers and allow for the Office of Public Utility Council to represent the interests of residential and small commercial consumers during rate cases. Because I believe these reforms are needed as soon as possible, I am asking Gov. Perry to add this issue to the call for the legislative session.