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The Lone Star Current – January 2024 Edition

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Regulations on Images Captured by Drones

by Sydney P. Sadler In 2013, the Texas Legislature enacted Chapter 423 of the Texas Government Code, which governs the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles—drones—in Texas’s airspace (the “Drone Laws”). Tex. Gov’t Code § 423.001, et. seq. After enactment, the… Read More

Water and Sewer Utility Rate Changes

by David J. Klein and Lauren A. Binger Chapter 13 of the Texas Water Code (the “TWC”) bestows jurisdiction to the Public Utility Commission (“PUC”) to establish a regulatory system to regulate retail public utilities to assure rates, operations, and… Read More

Tightening the Screws on Lead and Copper: The Lead and Copper Rule Improvements

by Nathan E. Vassar and Jessie S. Powell The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has published its proposed updates to the already recently-revised lead and copper rule, styled as the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (the “LCRI”). The proposed… Read More

Court of Appeals Dismisses Claims Against Power Generators Arising from Winter Storm Uri

by James F. Parker On December 14, 2023, the First Court of Appeals in Houston granted a writ of mandamus ordering the district court in the Winter Storm Uri Multi-District Litigation to dismiss the suits brought by thousands of retail… Read More

Municipal Corner

A political subdivision has (1) jurisdiction over a portion of the state, (2) a governing body comprised of members locally elected or appointed, and (3) the power to assess and collect taxes. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. JS-0007 (2023). The… Read More

“Ask Sarah” Column

Dear Sarah, I have an employee who complains a lot. Sorry, but there isn’t a better way to say it! Some of their complaints are valid and others are not. All are relatively minor, and they’re eating up my time!… Read More

In the Courts

Water Cases Travis Cnty. Mun. Util. Dist. No. 10 v. Waterford Lago Vista, LLC, No. 07-23-00182-CV, 2023 WL 8042570 (Tex. App.—Amarillo, Nov. 20, 2023). A developer and a municipal utility district (the “MUD”) entered into an agreement (the “Agreement”) that… Read More

Agency Highlights

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) EPA’s Role in a Post-Sackett Water World. In the months following the Supreme Court’s decision in Sackett v. EPA, Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”), EPA, and Department of the Army (collectively the “Agencies”) have issued… Read More

The Lone Star Current – October 2023 Edition

Don’t forget – if there is ever a topic that you would like for us to cover, please reach out to our Managing Editor, Sara Thornton, at 512.322.5876 or sthornton@lglawfirm.com. Otherwise, enjoy our latest issue! If you would like to receive… Read More

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