State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, saw his previous bill to address the problems in the Barnett Shale vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.
Texas is on track for an 18-year low in executions, likely because the option of life without parole was added in 2005.
Place 5 became open after Councilman Glenn Porterfield died in August.
A state representative says he testified to Henderson County a grand jury after bringing a complaint against the Tarrant Regional Water District, which is building a pipeline to bring water from East Texas to Dallas-Fort Worth.
Two weeks after losing her bid for lieutenant governor, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte announced Wednesday night that she would run for mayor of San Antonio and would not finish her Senate term.