Texas RESTORE Act Advisory Board Holds First Organizational Meeting
Representatives from 11 state agencies came together yesterday in the first meeting of the newly-formed Texas RESTORE Act Advisory Board. The Board will assist and advise Governor Rick Perry, and his Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council designee, TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker, in implementing the RESTORE Act for the state of Texas.
The RESTORE Act, passed by Congress in July of 2012, created the process for the eventual distribution of federal civil penalties resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“By uniting these state agencies, we will speak with one voice for the best interests of Texas and the Gulf Coast,” said Commissioner Toby Baker.
Members of the board include representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas General Land Office, Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Railroad Commission, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas Water Development Board, Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Office of the Governor – Economic Development and Tourism Division.
As part of their duties, members of the board will help develop the multiyear implementation and state expenditure plan for the state, as required by the RESTORE Act. The Board will also assist in selecting projects to be sent to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for consideration.