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Legislature Establishes New Reporting Requirement for Public Water Systems

by Nathan E. Vassar and Ashley N. Rich Public Water Systems (“PWS”) in Texas now have a new reporting obligation during times of certain outages of water service. Added during the regular 88th Legislative Session by House Bill 3810 (became… Read More

Disability, Pregnancy, and Religion: How to be Accommodating

by Sarah T. Glaser and Michelle C. White State and federal law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees based on protected classifications. Certain protected classifications require employers to engage in the interactive process with covered employees to find reasonable accommodations. Read More

Updating the Local Government Administrative Checklist

by Kathryn B. Thiel and Lauren J. Kalisek The 88th Legislative Session saw a number of changes to laws governing recurring administrative tasks of local governments, including water control & improvement districts, municipal utility districts, other special districts and… Read More

Municipal Corner

Texas Water Code Subsection 12.013(a) gives the Public Utility Commission broad, general authority to fix water rates for any purpose provided by Water Code Chapters 11 and 12. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. JS-0004 (2023). The Executive Director of… Read More

“Ask Sarah” Column

Dear Sarah, I am an HR manager, and I’m looking at a stack of projects that I am trying to prioritize. Our job descriptions haven’t been updated in years, but our policy manual was updated about two years ago. Read More

In the Courts

Water Cases Cactus Water Servs., LLC v. COG Operating, LLC, No. 08-22-00037-CV, 2023 WL 4846861 (Tex. App.—El Paso July 28, 2023, no pet. h.). COG Operating, LLC (“COG”), a mineral lessee, has the exclusive right to explore for and produce… Read More

Agency Highlights

United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) EPA’s Revised WOTUS Rule. EPA faced a range of options after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Sackett v. EPA narrowed the definition of the “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”). EPA’s initial approach was… Read More

The Lone Star Current – July 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

A Wrap on the 88th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature but Special Sessions Continue

by Madison Huerta and Ty Embrey While the 88th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature ended when the state legislators adjourned Sine Die on May 29, the work for the state legislators appears to be far from over. The House… Read More

Municipal Corner

A municipality may not use maintenance and operations property tax for debt service, nor may it obligate itself to transfer funds to a local government corporation indefinitely. Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. No. KP-0444 (2023). The Chairman of the Texas Senate… Read More

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