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Comptroller Rylander's e-Texas Commission to Hold
Regulatory Reform Hearing In Houston
(Austin)--An overview of the Texas regulatory system
will be the focus of Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander's
e-Texas public hearing April
12 in Houston. The e-Texas regulatory reform task force hearing
will run from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Greater Houston Partnership
Boardroom, Suite 700, 1200 Smith St.
"Nearly every Texas state agency has some regulatory authority
over Texas citizens and businesses," Comptroller Rylander said.
"Government in the 21st Century must be smaller, smarter and
faster. I believe what Texans want from government is less, not
more: less mandates, less regulations and less taxation.
"This hearing will help us find ideas to improve the state's
regulatory system. I encourage folks to come out, listen to our
experts, and give us feedback on the issues they think are
critical to improving the state's regulatory system."
Gerald Smith of Houston, the e-Texas regulatory reform task
force commissioner, will lead discussions on new approaches to
permitting and licensing, how the Internet can make these
functions easier and faster, and how the state can reduce and
streamline reporting and record-keeping.
Allan F. Bedwell of Knoxville, Tenn., vice president of sales
and marketing for Goal Line Environ-mental Technologies, will be
one of the hearing's panelists. He is a former deputy commissioner
for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection who
created the nation's first permitless regulatory system that
eliminated permits for 25,000 Massachusetts companies. Edward A.
Feith of Houston is also on the panel. He is environmental
department manager for Reliant Energy Wholesale Group and
responsible for environmental permitting, compliance reporting and
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
Those who cannot attend the hearing can make suggestions on
improving Texas regulatory system at: www.e-texas.org.