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President's Message

     We had three tracks of educational sessions and some informative and entertaining speaker presentations including our host city Mayor - Sylvester Turner, TCEQ Commissioner - Emily Lindley, and SWANA CEO and Executive Director - David Biderman. We received an update on activities at the Legislature. It has been a very busy legislative session for our industry.

I am pleased to share that TxSWANA sponsored legislation to support Slow Down to Get Around (SDTGA). Legislation that included the SDTGA language, HB 61, was signed by Governor Abbott on May 7th. Great news! This bill will help to protect our employees and coworkers that work on the frontlines from careless drivers by requiring them to slow down when near our workers, similar to current laws that protect emergency responders, and highway workers. In total, we have been monitoring about 100 bills and have been supportive on bills that would allow local governments to regulate single use bags, if they choose, and to stimulate the use of recyclable materials as feedstock in manufacturing in Texas as well as identifying any gaps in processing capacity. We hope to see you June 8th at our statewide ROAD-E-O in McAllen, TX where you’ll have the opportunity to see the best of the best operators and mechanics compete to showcase their skills and knowledge. Winners of the various categories will then have the opportunity to compete at the International ROAD-E-O which will be held in conjunction with WasteCon in Phoenix, AZ on October 21- 24.

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