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4 Document(s) [ Subject: West, Texas ]

Committee: House Homeland Security and Public Safety
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Agricultural chemicals | Border security | Councils of government | Driver licenses | Driver Responsibility Program | Driving while intoxicated | Emergency management | Explosions | Hazardous substances | Public Safety, Texas Department of | Traffic violations | West, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 P96H
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [61 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Assess the level of preparedness among critical infrastructure entities, state and local emergency planning organizations, first response efforts, and overall coordination of jurisdictions across the state. Include a review of the state's role in preparing, resourcing, and coordinating with local emergency response, specifically in rural areas or areas that depend largely on volunteer response efforts.
2. Investigate the fatal explosion in West, Texas, in April 2013, for deficiencies in safety, risk management, and disaster planning by chemical facilities and state entities. Determine if any changes should be made to existing laws and rules relating to inspection, investigation, and enforcement, and make specific recommendations on how to reduce the likelihood for damage, injury, or death.
3. Evaluate state and local entities' effectiveness in meeting the state's border and homeland security program goals and objectives.
4. Review the Driver Responsibility Program and consider methods for overall improvement of the program.
5. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Homeland Security and Public Safety
Title: Committee meeting handouts, July 1, 2014 (Draft legislation on ammonium nitrate and Tier II Program)
Library Call Number:
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [30 pages  File size: 126 kb]
Committee: House Homeland Security and Public Safety
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, August 5, 2014 (Ammonium nitrate draft legislation; Driver Responsibility Program draft legislation and Legislative Budget Board analysis of reduced DRP surcharge amounts)
Library Call Number:
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [44 pages  File size: 725 kb]
Committee: House Homeland Security and Public Safety
Title: Committee meeting handouts and testimony, October 7, 2014 (Border operations and unaccompanied children; Driver Responsibility Program draft legislation; Ammonium nitrate draft legislation; Interim charge #1 - Critical infrastructure preparedness)
Library Call Number:
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View document [92 pages  File size: 2,567 kb]

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