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.