This Week in Texas: January 22, 2014

Posted January 22, 2014 in The Mignon Memo

Speaker Joe Straus announced his appointees to the Sunset Advisory Commission last week.  Representative Four Price, who has served on the Commission since 2011, has been named Vice Chair for the 2014-2015 biennium. New appointees include Reps. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale); Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock); and Richard Raymond (D-Laredo).  Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston) continues as a member.  Straus also appointed Dallas attorney and business consultant Tom Luce to serve as a public member of the Commission.  

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst appointed Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Marble Falls) as Chair of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee.  He also appointed Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) and Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) to serve on the advisory committee. Dewhurst also appointed members to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination.  Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) will serve as Chair. Members of the committee include Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Marble Falls); Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy); Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen); and Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville). 

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Jacob Montilijo Monty, an attorney with Monty and Ramirez LLP in Houston, to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2015. The board sets policies and coordinates efforts to improve higher education in Texas. 

Only in Austin – a great place to get a chicken wrap on a nice day.