May 4 — When the voters in Denton, Texas approved an ordinance banning the conduct of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) operations within the city limits in November, 2014, the Texas legislature responded by passing House Bill 40 during its session in 2015. When Governor Gregg Abbott signed HB 40 into law, the Denton ordinance was effectively nullified.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.