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Environment Texas Releases 2013 Legislative Scorecard

AUSTIN - Twenty representatives and three senators voted to protect the environment 100% of the time in 83rd legislature, according to Environment Texas's biennial legislative scorecard. The scorecard tracked votes on a number of environmental issues like water conservation, fracking, solar energy, and clean air.

"From preventing the closure of 20 state parks to funding a historic investment in water conservation, the 83rd Legislature made some positive steps forward for the environment," said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. "At the same time, bills to repeal our state renewable energy law, stop cities from banning plastic bags and weaken citizen rights to fight pollution in their communities thankfully were defeated." 

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Funding for local parks zeroed out in budget

AUSTIN – Local parks would get zero funding under the latest version of the state budget, according to parks advocates at a news conference on the Capitol grounds this past Thursday. The group called on budget writers to restore funding for the program as they reconcile the budgets passed by the House and Senate.

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No parks will close under budget; but local parks unfunded

AUSTIN – Today, the Senate Finance committee approved a budget increasing funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department by $35 million over the previous biennium. This funding level would likely prevent any parks closures and supports TPWD requests for fisheries and wildlife funding. However, the $15.5 million requested for the local parks grant program is not funded.

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Outdoor recreation generates $28.7 billion in spending, supports 277,000 jobs in Texas

AUSTIN - This week the Outdoor Industry Association released a state by state analysis of the economic impact of outdoor recreation.  In Texas, the outdoor recreation economy generates $28.7 billion in consumer spending and supports 277,000 direct jobs. The report comes as the Texas Legislature considers a funding crisis in Texas state and local parks that could see the closure of some state parks

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Environment Texas Releases Legislative Agenda

Environment Texas today released its agenda for the 82nd session of the Texas legislature. Topping the list of priorities are incentives for solar power and maintaining funding for Texas’ state parks.

“Solar energy doesn’t pollute or ever run out,” said Luke Metzger, Director of Environment Texas. “The fact that it could also be a huge boon to our economy makes it a no-brainer. It’s time for the Legislature to finish the job and make Texas number one for solar power.”