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"Daughters" Gets Early Victory in Fight Over Alamo

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas would continue to be the caretakers of the Alamo, under a bill the House gave preliminary approval to this morning.

Karen Thompson of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) testifies at the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and...

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas would continue to be the caretakers of the Alamo, under a bill the House gave preliminary approval to this morning.

The Daughters have come under fire lately for their management of Texas' most historic site. Though the bill would let them maintain management, it would require them to turn in an annual financial and transparency report to the comptroller, the governor and the Historical Commission. And it establishes an advisory board for the Alamo made up of state, county and city officials, as well as members of the Daughters. 

“My main concern is the preservation of the Alamo and doing all we can to make sure that generations from now the Alamo is a place that people can be proud of,” said Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, the bill's author.

The bill was on the Local and Consent Calendar, meaning there was no debate on it in the House. But on the Senate side, a bill that would create a partnership between the Texas Historical Commission and the DRT, similar to that of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation at the National Museum of the Pacific, has made it out of committee. It has yet to be placed on the Senate calendar. 

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