| News Release|
Texas Comptroller's Office to Hold e-Texas
Environment and Natural Resources Hearing In
(Austin)--Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander's
e-Texas Commission will hold a public hearing on environment
and natural resources issues in Weslaco on April 6 from 6 to 8
p.m. at the Rio Grande Valley Partnership board room, 417 S.
"This hearing should generate suggestions and ideas for
improving environmental protection and natural resource management
that the e-Texas commission can explore in greater detail,"
Comptroller Rylander said. "I encourage everyone to come out and
give us their ideas and suggestions.
"Bottomline, Texans are the most qualified to take care of
Texas' environment and natural resources."
Noe Fernandez of McAllen, the e-Texas environment and
natural resources task force commissioner, will lead discussions
on: how Texas government's regulatory structure can encourage
economic development; how the government can promote private
stewardship; and how environmental protection can be strengthened
by financial incentives, market-based mechanisms and innovative
Michael D. Simms of Austin, a chemical engineer and senior
program manager with Science Applications International Corp.,
will lead a panel discussion. Other panelists include Dr. Gary M.
Schwarz of Mercedes, a private landowner, and Randolph Wood of
Austin, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission's
deputy director of policy and regulatory development.
The hearing is part of Comptroller Rylander's e-Texas
citizen commission, which is charged with developing
recommendations to help Texas state government meet the challenges
of the Internet Age.
Those who cannot attend the hearing can make suggestions on
improving environment and natural resources at: www.e-texas.org.