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Friday, December 01 2017

Capitol Review Vol. 5, No. 17




Vol. 5, No. 17




Merry Christmas, Fellow Texans!


I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. The Christmas season is upon us, and there will be many holiday events throughout the district. I hope you are able to get out and enjoy this time with your loved ones!


Other items you will find in this edition of the Capitol Review:

·    Update on Blue Ridge Landfill enforcement

·    Announcement of Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairmanship

·    Plan While You Can - beware of drunk drivers this holiday season

·    Events around District 29 this month




Visiting with Sheldon Turtle and friends at "Wobble Before You Gobble" !


Blue Ridge Landfill

Many of you may be wondering what has been done since the enforcement order was issued against Blue Ridge Landfill (BRL) in July. My office is staying in communication with TCEQ to ensure that BRL is adhering to all the requirements of the Order. While I was in Austin today, I had a chance to sit down with TCEQ's Director of Enforcement, where we had a productive conversation about BRL and the transparency needed during this enforcement process. Here is a timeline of events since the hearing in July:


·    July 7th - TCEQ hearing where BRL's proposed enforcement order was on the agenda.

·    July 14th - TCEQ officially issued the Order that was approved the week before.

·    August 13th - Deadline for BRL to complete monitoring of site operations and submit a plan to prevent odor emissions to the TCEQ. (BRL completed these items on August 11th)

·    August 28th - Deadline for BRL to submit written certification of their compliance with the Order. (BRL completed this item on time)

·    October 6th - TCEQ rejected BRL's plan as inadequate and requested additional information and details on BRL's plan to eliminate odors.

·    December 1st - BRL's revised plan is due today. TCEQ will then review the Plan, and once it is approved by the Executive Director of TCEQ, a new timeline of required actions will begin, and we will continue to monitor BRL's compliance with those deadlines.




Speaking to students in Government class at Harby Jr. High.


Chair of the Environmental Regulation Interim Subcommittee

I'm excited to announce that Chairman Joe Pickett has named me as the Chair of the Environmental Regulation Interim Subcommittee on Landfill and Air Issues. Representative's John Cyrier, Kyle Kacal, Brooks Landgraf, and Ron Reynolds are the other members of the subcommittee.


The House Environmental Regulation Committee was assigned six interim charges by Speaker Straus, and Chairman Pickett has delegated three of those charges to the subcommittee's purview.

·    3. Study the permitting, siting, and regulatory processes for solid waste landfills, including municipal solid waste landfills, and whether current rules, regulations, and notice requirements adequately ensure compliance and maximize participation from the public and stakeholders.

·    4. Study the economic impact of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and determine if new technologies can be utilized to meet attainment or make an attainment demonstration for all current standards.

·    5. Review the TCEQ's expedited air permitting program and examine whether the program is achieving the desired results.


While we won't hold our first committee hearing on the landfill issue until January, I'm looking forward to meeting with stakeholders soon. I want to gather the best and brightest with experience in solid waste management. I will be talking to folks in the regulatory aspect, the waste industry industry, recycling and waste associations, municipal interests, environmentalists, and other experts in this field.


Solid waste management may not be the most exciting topic of conversation, but I do believe it is one of the most important. Texas is projected to double its population to over 50 million people by 2050. Those additional people won't be bringing roads or schools or hospitals with them, but they will be bringing their trash. That's an undeniable fact, so I'd like to use these hearings as a way to compare, contrast, and share best practices among all parties involved so that we can modify our regulatory process to promote efficient, effective, and responsible solid waste management practices.



With ABC 13 anchor and reporter Art Rascon at the Kidz Harbor Gala.


Family-Friendly Holiday Festivities

Pearland's Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Market

Pearland Town Center

Tree Lighting: Friday, December 1st from 7-10 pm

Holiday Market: Saturday, December 2nd from 10 am - 5 pm


The tree lighting will feature the traditional lighting of the City’s Christmas tree, a special

visit from Santa Claus. a live band on the Westside Veterinary Stage, snow in the H-E-B Winter Wonderland, and horse and carriage rides presented by UHCL Pearland Campus.


Stroll the Holiday Gift Market to do some Christmas shopping, watch local performances, enjoy milk and cookies with Santa, and much more.


Pearland's Hometown Christmas Parade

featuring this year's Parade Grand Marshall, Jim "Mattress Mack" McInvale!

Saturday, December 2nd at 6 pm

The parade route will travel east on FM 518. The parade begins at Old Alvin Road and ends at Pearland Parkway. 


It’s the 36th year for the family-favorite, lighted Christmas Parade. Come watch the beautifully-decorated floats decked out in holiday spirit. Businesses, non-profit organizations, families, individuals, and civic groups are invited to have a float in the parade.


Alvin's Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 1st - Saturday, December 2nd from 8 am - 8 pm both days

National Oak Park in Alvin


Featuring: Christmas movie, visit with Santa, food vendors, Christmas market, kids' activities, snow hill, world's tallest snowmen, light parade, holiday entertainment, and more!


Manvel's Christmas Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 9th from 5:30-7:30 pm

Manvel High School




Alvin ISD Superintendent Buck Gilcrease and I got to visit with parents of students at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce's "Donuts with the District" event.


ABC 13's "Share Your Holidays" Food and Toy Drive

"Share Your Holidays" benefits the Houston Food Bank, which is America's largest food bank in distribution to its network of nearly 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, feeding 137,000 people each week. You can donate food and toys for those in need on Friday, December 8th from 6 am - 6 pm at the Pearland Neighborhood Center (PNC). Throughout the day, PNC will be hosting a variety of entertainment. See the schedule of events below for more information.


Friday, December 8th at PNC

·    8:00 AM - Santa Claus

·    9:00 AM - Mickey and Minnie Mouse

·    9:30 AM - Primrose Kids Choir

·    10:45 AM - Pearland High School Choir

·    2:30 PM - Dawson High School Choir




I was honored to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and give an opening prayer at the Kidz Harbor Gala.


Plan While You Can

During last year’s holiday season, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported that approximately one in four deaths on Texas roadways were alcohol-related. In an effort to reduce these fatalities, TxDOT's “Plan While You Can” campaign reminds drivers to make planning a sober ride part of their holiday celebrations.


In 2016, there were 2,321 alcohol-related crashes in Texas during the holiday season. Those crashes killed 82 people and seriously injured another 199. The “Plan While You Can” campaign includes a statewide tour featuring an interactive dodgeball game where participants avoid incoming “snow balls” as virtual drinks are added to the screen. As more drinks are added, participants experience how drinking can slow their reaction times as on-screen avatars begin responding more slowly to their players’ movements. The experience will visit eight Texas cities during December.


While drivers under the influence of alcohol risk killing or seriously injuring themselves or others, they also face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. As always, TxDOT strongly encourages everyone to plan for a sober ride before going out. VisitSoberRides.orgto find alternatives to drinking and driving, such as:

·    Designating a sober driver.

·    Contacting a cab or ride-share service.

·    Using mass transit.

·    Asking a sober friend or family member for a ride home.

·    Spending the night.




Enjoyed participating in the Community Resource Forum put on by the Youth Round Table, which is a committee within the Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce.


House District 29 Events

Stay involved throughout the district with these upcoming events!

·    Friday-Saturday, 12/1-2 - City of Pearland's Tree Lighting and Holiday Market- Pearland Town Center Pavilion

·    Friday-Saturday, 12/1-2 - City of Alvin's Home for the Holidays - National Oak Park

·    Saturday, 12/2 - City of Pearland's 36th Annual Hometown Christmas Parade - East on FM 518 from Old Alvin to Pearland Parkway

·    Monday, 12/4 - Pearland Alliance for Arts and Culture's Open House Christmas Social

·    Tuesday, 12/5 - Heroes of Harvey Honor Luncheon- First Church Event Center

·    Wednesday, 12/6 - 7th Annual Crime Victim's Tree Lighting Ceremony - Pearland Police Department

·    Thursday, 12/7 - Hometown Bank's Annual Egg Nog Party - 2651 Pearland Parkway

·    Friday, 12/8 - ABC Channel 13's Share Your Holiday Food and Toy Drive - Pearland Neighborhood Center

·    Saturday, 12/9 - City of Manvel's Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting - Manvel High School

·    Tuesday, 12/12 - Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Luncheon - Nolan Ryan Center

·    Wednesday, 12/13 - Pearland Chamber of Commerce's Christmas Open House - The Commerce Center


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If you need assistance on any state-related issue, please contact my Pearland office by phone at (281) 485-6565 or my Capitol office at (512) 463-0707, or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Stay connected by following me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


Thanks for reading, and may God continue to bless Texas!




Ed Thompson

District 29




Capitol Office: E2.506

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0707


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2341 N. Galveston, Suite 120

Pearland, TX 77581

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