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Victory: Bad bag bill defeated

From our blog: For the first time ever, a statewide coalition of advocates proactively introduced a bill to protect local rights to ban bags: HB 3482. The bill passed out of its committee with a “yes” vote from one of the House’s most conservative Republicans, and then passed out of the Calendars Committee and was scheduled for a floor vote!

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Working on the Railroad Commission

Fort Worth Weekly: What would happen to the regulatory agency over the world’s sixth-largest oil-and-gas economy when it went in for an overhaul? Or would it just get a new license to operate?

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Report: Texas Tops Nation for Safe Drinking Water Violations

Public News Service: Researchers for the Natural Resources Defense Council looked at Environmental Protection Agency data from 2015 and found almost 14,000 violations in more than 5,000 water systems that together, serve 7 million Texans. The report also found that no penalties were assessed for 8-in-10 of those violations.

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Legislative measure would require manufacturers to take back batteries, helping to keep them out of landfills

Denton Record-Chronicle: There comes a point in every person’s life when the TV remote control batteries need to be changed.

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How grassroots groups are mobilizing Texans on top issues

Texas Tribune: Five community organizers tell us how they rally people around issues.

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Plastic bag ban protection wins hearing at Texas Capitol

In the pre-dawn darkness Tuesday, friends Lila Mankad and Caoilin Krathaus, both 11-years-old, piled into a car in Houston with each of their fathers to deliver a message to lawmakers in Austin. The two kids, who started an organization called Bag-free Bayous, arrived at the Capitol to discourage lawmakers from striking down bag bans in about a dozen cities around Texas, including Austin.

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Texas landfills are leaking toxins into groundwater (Interactive Map)

From our blog: Use our interactive map to see which landfills in your area are self-reporting leaks into groundwater.

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What We Can Win & How You Can Help

From our blog: We held our first statewide webinar to share information about our legislative priorities in 2017. Folks from all over the state tuned in online to learn, discuss, and TAKE ACTION!

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Costs may hamper environmental legislative plans

El Paso Times: From banning plastic checkout bags to trying to save honeybees, Texas environmental groups have a long wish list as the 2017 legislative session gets underway.

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Dallas residents’ voices heard at City Hall: We need recycling in apartments, businesses

Texas Campaign for the Environment presented personalized letters from Dallas residents to City Council members during a committee update on the City’s long-term “Zero Waste” plan. Some councilmembers strongly favored fast-tracking a universal recycling ordinance.

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