|Senate Bill 2119 by Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) and Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) was the top priority legislation for TFFA this session. The bill transfers the regulatory programs for both motor fuel metering and motor fuel quality testing from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).
Last Friday, Governor Greg Abbott signed SB 2119 into law, effective immediately.
The bill’s passage is big news for the fuel industry as it marks the end of 90+ years of regulation by TDA and the beginning of an important relationship with a new state agency in TDLR. There were a lot of risks with trying to make the move at the Texas Capitol, but in the end with the signing of the bill, TFFA can declare a major legislative success.
SB 2119 includes a fifteen-month transition period where TDA, TDLR and TFFA will work together to smoothly transfer the registrations, program fees, penalty policies and all other regulatory operations from one state agency to another. TFFA will be reaching out to member companies from all sides of the fuel industry to assist in this transition process over the next few months. TFFA is pushing to make the transition as quickly as possible for the benefit of both the industry and the state agencies involved.
Several TFFA members have reported an uptick in random fuel quality kits and complaints. Please notify TFFA if you have noticed an increase in actions from TDA within the last month.
TFFA will keep you updated on the progress of the transition process and in the next few days be on the look out for a full Texas Legislative recap on all bills for the fuel and convenience industry in the 2019 Legislative Session.