TEXAS TEA ISLAND, Texas — The Texas Senate is expected to hold a vote Wednesday on a tea party-backed legislation that would require state agencies to include tea in their climate change mitigation plans.
The Senate Energy and Environment Committee approved the measure Wednesday.
“It is a good step to get the House and Senate to recognize the importance of our climate, our health, and our economic development, and the need to make sure we protect the environment and our climate,” Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Fort Worth, said in a statement.
The bill would require all federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to submit climate change plans to Congress, a requirement the EPA says it has not done in years.
The bill also would require the Interior Department to update its climate change projections annually, a move the EPA has previously indicated it would not do.
The House passed the bill by a margin of 98-2 on Tuesday.