HB 975 (Holcomb) would significantly impact a city’s authority relating to solid waste management. The bill:
- States that a city can’t prohibit a private entity from providing recycling or solid waste management services to commercial, industrial, or multifamily properties. This means that cities will no longer have the ability to have an exclusive contract with a private entity. This will also significantly impact, if not preclude, your city’s ability to self-provide these services using city-owned equipment and employees.
- Allows cities to require private providers to obtain a permit, license, or non-exclusive franchise under an “open franchise” or open permit system, but caps all fees to the city’s administrative cost to issue the permit, license, or non-exclusive franchise.
- Protects contracts or franchises in place as of January 2023 until the date of expiration, but the bill prohibits renewals.
- DOES NOT directly impact any arrangements you have for services to single-family residential properties, but may indirectly impact these properties through higher fees for service.
HB 975 will be considered by House Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee on Monday, March 20, at 10:00 am (EST)
Please contact members of this Subcommittee and urge them to oppose HB 975. Click here for contact information for the Subcommittee.