Replace the RR Commission, Sunset Report Says

The Sunset Advisory Commission's staff report on the Texas Railroad Commission, released today, recommends getting rid of the agency and replacing it with a similar entity headed by five gubernatorial appointees. 

The new agency would be called the Texas Oil and Gas Commission — a more accurate name than the Railroad Commission, which long since ceased regulating railroads and now oversees oil and gas work. The Railroad Commission is also unusual in that it is headed by elected officials — and the Sunset report recommends replacing them with the five part-time appointees (three of whom would represent the general public, and ...

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