Texas municipalities are prohibited from banning utility services based on energy sources, including the use of natural gas, under legislation signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott.

House Bill (HB) 17, which took effect Tuesday (May 18) with Abbott’s signature, would prevent cities and municipalities from discriminating against any particular utility service or infrastructure based on the type of energy being used.

The law was supported by the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, Texas Oil and Gas Association and Texas Pipeline Association.

According to the Texas House Research Organization, supporters said the bill ensures homeowners, builders and businesses have “the ability to decide how best to meet their energy needs. Some states and cities...