We’ve been expecting this bill, or something like it.
HB 1496 was authored by Rep. Van Taylor (R) Plano, Collin County. There is no drilling in Collin County but Taylor inherited between 1000 and 5000 shares of Exxon stock and his main contributor is Denbury Resources Inc. PAC: $9,500.
HB 1496 will keep local governments from regulating and zoning gas wells.
(5) An action by a political subdivision that imposes or enforces a limitation that has the effect of preventing or prohibiting the development of an oil or gas well that has been permitted by the Texas Railroad Commission under Chapter 91, Natural Resources Code.
A similar bill, HB 3105, was attempted during the 82nd session the 81st.
The Fair Market Value of a seat in the Legislature is … at least $800,000.
It looks to be a record sum for a Texas Legislative seat, and leaves Taylor vulnerable to the charge of trying to buy a seat in the Texas Legislature.