POSTED: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 7:19pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:00pm
AUSTIN - A state board has voted down leaders at the Department of Transportation.
The commission voted yesterday to get rid the board.
Some say this decision by the Sunset Commission shows the discontent among state lawmakers with Governor Perry's push to privatize roads in Texas.
They say this could add to the contentious arguments already started by the Trans-Texas Corridor one year ago.
Tuesday, an advisory committee decided the Texas Department of Transportation was not being managed as well as it could be.
The group voted to change the department's board from five members to one governor-appointed commissioner.
Hank Gilbert from Texas Turf says he agrees with the plan, except for one detail, "I believe it should be one elected official."
He believes having one person in charge would make the department more "transparent and holds one person in particular accountable as opposed to a five-member board."
But Senator Robert Nichols disagrees. He says he may support a board with fewer members but not just one.
In a statement he says, "In my opinion, Texas does not need a 'transportation czar.' The commission works best when a variety of perspectives come together..."
And the executive director of TxDOT says, "The dedicated employees of TxDOT have worked hard over the last six months to implement several of the commission's recommendations."
He goes on to say TxDOT will work with lawmakers to improve the department's transparency and efficiency.
The changes in the department's structure can't take place until the legislature and governor approve them next year.