Rules passed by cities that ban or considerably restrict energy development are not just about the oil and gas industry. These bans deny private property owners their constitutionally protected right to use their land. As a result, cities and counties that have enacted bans are facing costly lawsuits, which means local taxpayers are put on the hook. In many of these cases, courts have ruled that these bans are illegal. By preventing bans on development, HB 40 will save Texas taxpayers money by avoiding unnecessary lawsuits that have strained local budgets.