Acting Director Named

Effective February 1, 2023, Brian Francis will serve as the acting director of the Sunset Commission until an official executive director is named.

Palo Duro River Authority of Texas

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Agency History

Historical Notes

During the 85th Legislative Session in 2017, House Bill 1920 removed the Palo Duro River Authority of Texas from Sunset review.

Next Review Date: None

  • Last Review Cycle: 2016-2017 Review Cycle - 85th Legislative Session

Sunset Documents for 2016-2017 Review Cycle, 85th Legislative Session

Legislative Documents

Final Results of Last Sunset Review

  • Reclassify PDRA as a local water district and remove it from Sunset review.
  • Authorize one or more members to withdraw from or dissolve PDRA, but only if its members agree and ongoing obligations are met.
  • Repeal PDRA’s unused authority to imprison people for violating its regulations.
  • Authorize PDRA to lease land for hunting, recreation, or renewable energy purposes.
Standard Review Elements Applied to All River Authorities
  • Transparency. Require opportunities for public testimony at board meetings and direct river authorities to implement additional best practices to improve openness and transparency.
  • Good Government Standards. Apply good government standards to river authorities’ governing laws to promote accountability, clarity, and best practices.
  • Compliance with TCEQ Rules. Direct SRBA and UCRA to comply with TCEQ rules by adopting required administrative policies.