Despite Gov. Greg Abbott's veto, Harris County seeks to criminalize floodplain violations
Harris County officials are asking state lawmakers to pass a bill that would criminalize the violation of the county's floodplain regulations, despite Gov. Greg Abbott's veto of such legislation last year.
Josh Stuckey, the county's chief administrative officer for public infrastructure coordination, told state lawmakers at a hearing earlier this week that the current law only allows the county to pursue costly and drawn-out civil lawsuits against potential violators, which he said were "painful for them and painful for us."
"It puts things in a huge backlog," Stuckey... read more
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