The long-awaited Sunset Bill of the Railroad Commission was released late yesterday, and it’s mostly what we’d expected, but not everything we’d hoped for.
- The Railroad Commission will be renamed the Texas Oil and Gas Commission
- It will be headed by one commissioner (down from 3) who will be elected every four years on the same cycle as Governor, Comptrollerm, Ag Commissioner, etc.
- Campaign finance reform: Commissioners and candidates for the commission can only raise money one year before an election and 30 days after.
- Moving contested hearings to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
Read the rest of this analysis, which was written by Andy Wilson of Public Citizen.