HBA-KMH H.B. 3282 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3282 By: Maxey Environmental Regulation 4/16/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE During a joint compliance and enforcement review project by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and the Texas State Auditor's Office, the findings revealed that despite numerous improvements further actions were needed to improve operations in key risk areas; one of those areas includes meeting compliance enforcement information needs. Historical violation information, which could help focus inspections on common problems, is not consistently or comprehensively available. At this time the agency is unable to analyze historical violations, identify noncompliance patterns and consistently communicate this information to the regulated community. H.B. 3282 authorizes the dissemination of information relating to common and significant violations of environmental and health and safety laws by a state agency. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 1, Title 71, V.T.C.S., by adding Article 4447dd, as follows: Art. 4447dd. AUTHORITY OF STATE AGENCY TO REPORT TO REGULATED INDUSTRIES ON VIOLATIONS. Authorizes a state agency to provide a regulated industry or an entity representing a regulated industry a summary of common and significant violations of environmental or health and safety laws by members of that industry, other than violations disclosed to the agency under Article 4447cc, V.T.C.S. (Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act), in order to help prevent future violations. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.