Talks delay native vegetation bill and other measures in Texas
By KATHY BOGHAN
AUSTIN – Gov. Greg Abbott and his fellow lawmakers this week spent six days negotiat카지노 사이트ing and delaying the state’s native forests conservation bill, potentially delaying its passage and putting the U.S. Forest Service in control of the state’s iconic forests for decades to come.
Legislators spent a week debating changes to the bill after a three-month fight that was работа москва prompted in large part by the environmental groups Texas Wildlands Foundation and Friends of the Earth Texas.
It’s a blow to Texas lawmakers and other landowners who depend on wildlife-welfare legislation to provide more land for farming and recreation. Texas Wildlands Foundation President and CEO Scott Kintner said there are other conservation programs in the works.
“It does not add up,” he said. “There’s more money for something else in the budget that you really care about.”
The House and Senate are expected to meet again to reconcile the differences. The bill’s original sponsor, Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-Dallas, said he is still considering whether to move forward.
“I remain focused on moving forward with the House and Senate appropriations and conservation bills on a budget that i카지노 사이트s balanc우리카지노ed and that is not moving to kill the protections for Texas native forests,” Castro said in an email.
At a hearing, Sen. Jim Swire, R-Henderson, noted that the bill has been amended on several occasions and said the Texas Department of Conservation and Natural Resources may be in the late stages of a review.
“That might mean this becomes something else and they do not continue this piece of legislation, or maybe the piece of legislation has come and gone,” he said.
The Natural Resources Committee scheduled an open House markup for Monday to provide lawmakers with a more comprehensive view of the bill. House leaders will then consider the Senate version and then make up their own, according to Swire.
“There’s a need to have a better understanding of exactly what this means and if it’s going to impact us or not,” he said.
Wildlife advocates say the bill does not go far enough and is already in jeopardy with the https://jobitel.com recent implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
If approved by the full House, the bill would apply to state forests in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazoria, San Jacinto, Hidalgo, Nacogdoches and Trinity rivers.
State officials oppose a