Midway through the session and things are starting to heat up! Just today, the House Judiciary committee held a public hearing on HB 4268, the cotenancy- or forced pooling lite bill.
This bill, titled the Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act, will allow a majority of 75% of co-tenants in a would-be unit to negotiate a deal with oil and gas developers and would force the minority 25% to accept that same deal. Sounds a lot like forced pooling to us.
One speaker today, Lissa Lucas, included in her remarks campaign contribution totals made by oil and gas entities to certain members of the House Judiciary committee. John Shott, chair of the committee, called her out of order and instructed security to eject her from the chamber.
You can see video of the hearing.
The bill was taken up in committee immediately following the hearing and passed along party lines, with committee Dems voting against the bill.