AUSTIN, Texas (Nexstar) – State Representative Brooks Landgraf has filed another bill, this time aiming to shield the energy industry in Texas from federal overreach.
House Bill 1683, called the Texas Energy Independence Act, would “prohibit state agencies and officials from contracting with or providing assistance to any federal agency or officials regarding the enforcement of a federal statute, order, rule or regulation regulating oil and gas operations if the regulation is not already in existing state law,” according to a release from the representative’s office.
The bill would also prevent any political subdivision in Texas from receiving state grant funding if the subdivision adopts any such rule or regulation of oil and gas operations.
Additionally, HB 1683 would provide a path for residents to file a report with the Texas Attorney General’s Office is a political subdivision enforces a federal regulation of oil and gas operations that is not in state law.
“The oil and gas industry provides billions of dollars in revenue that helps fund construction of highways and bridges all over the state, along with public education and a hundred other state services over the years,” Landgraf said in a statement. “The Texas Energy Independence Act will serve as a bulwark against overreaching federal policies that value the opinions of a vocal minority over the livelihood of hardworking Texans.”