By Rick Thompson,
TAC Legislative Staff
The House Committee on County Affairs met on Oct. 24 in Austin to hear testimony on multiple county related interim charges. County officials came to Austin and provided valuable testimony for each charge.
Under charge No. 1, Dewitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, Webb County Commissioner Jaime Canales and Frio County Commissioners Jose Flores and Richard Graf provided testimony to the committee on the impact of oil and gas exploration and production on county roads. Travis County Commissioner Karen Huber provided testimony on wildfire and emergency services issues.
Interim Charge No. 1 asked the committee to “Study county-related issues arising from population growth in unincorporated areas with regard to existing and new developments and the provision of services, including garbage disposal, fire protection, road maintenance, electricity, and water and wastewater service. Make necessary legislative recommendations for improving problems in these areas of the state.”
As part of the committee’s oversight under charge No. 4, Washington County Judge John Brieden provided testimony on programs administered by the Brazos Valley Council of Governments.
Interim Charge No. 4 asked the committee to “monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.” Councils of governments fall under the committee's jurisdiction.
Click here to watch the hearing, see the witness list and all handouts. For more information, contact TAC Legislative Staff at (800) 456-5974.