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Municipal Corner

Chapter 176 of the Local Government Code requires a local government officer to file a specified disclosure form when contracting with a vendor if the vendor has a business or family relationship with the officer. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. Read More

Third Court of Appeals Decides Public Utility Commission Exceeded Authority During Winter Storm Uri

by Wyatt Conoly and Samantha Miller Luminant Energy Company (“Appellants”) filed a direct appeal in March 2021 to the Third Court of Appeals challenging the Public Utility Commission of Texas’s (“PUC’s”) First and Second Orders (the “Orders”) as competition rules… Read More

“Ask Sarah” Column

Dear Sarah, We have an employee who recently requested intermittent FMLA leave. He is non exempt and works a non-typical schedule in that he is regularly scheduled for more than 40 hours per week, usually around 45 hours per week. Read More

In the Courts

Water Cases City of Ames v. City of Liberty, No. 09-22-00092-CV, 2023 WL 2180967 (Tex. App.—Beaumont Feb. 23, 2023, no pet. h.). The City of Liberty (the “Plaintiff”) owns and operates a wastewater collection system and treatment plant. The Plaintiff… Read More

Agency Highlights

United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Texas’s Clean Water Act Permitting Under Investigation by the EPA. EPA is conducting an “informal investigation” of the state of Texas’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permitting program. The investigation is in response… Read More

The Lone Star Current – January 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… Read More

Preview of the Regular Session of the 88th Texas Legislature

by Ty Embrey and Madison Huerta On January 10, 2023, newly elected State Representatives and State Senators from across Texas will travel to Austin and gavel-in to kick off the 88th Texas Legislature. While this has been the practice of… Read More

Electric Market Redesign Efforts Continue at PUC and ERCOT

by Roslyn Dubberstein BackgroundSince Winter Storm Uri in February 2021, the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUC”) and Texas’s independent system operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (“ERCOT”), have been laser-focused on evaluating and implementing reforms to the Texas… Read More

Municipal Corner

A commissioners court possesses implied authority to utilize recycling programs for discarding routine county waste. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. KP-420 (2022). The Cherokee County Attorney requested a Texas Attorney General Opinion regarding the authority of a county to dispose… Read More

“Ask Sarah” Column

Dear Sarah, We recently had a holiday party where an employee exhibited some bad behaviors, and we are concerned about our employees’ safety during other off-duty events in the future. We have a policy against harassment in the workplace, but… Read More

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