Representative Frullo Encourages Participation in Texas Red Tape Challenge
Website aims to give public easier access to legislative process
August 6, 2012
LUBBOCK - State Representative John Frullo (R-Lubbock) is encouraging Texans to take part in a new web-based project aimed at giving citizens easier access to the policy-making process.
The Texas Red Tape Challenge (www.texasredtapechallenge.com) is a website which allows members of the public to offer ideas on how to reduce the burden of state laws and regulations, and provide recommendations on how to improve the efficiency and productivity of the state government. The website serves as a forum for all members of the public to share their own ideas or show their support for recommendations made by others.
"It’s exciting that we’ve come up with an easy, new way to hear from constituents who have ideas to make government more effective and efficient," Frullo, a member of the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform, said. "I encourage folks to take some time, log on and give us their ideas!"
The Challenge focuses on four subjects, including occupational licensing, public education mandates, state agency rulemaking, and manufacturing in Texas. Specific laws and regulations relating to each subject will be introduced for the public's consideration and comment.
"There are thousands of regulations and mandates embedded within hundreds of chapters of state law," Bill Callegari (R-Katy), state representative and chairman of the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform, said. "The purpose of the Texas Red Tape Challenge is to show people where those laws are and ask how those regulations could be streamlined, improved or even abolished."
New policy slates will be introduced to the Challenge every two weeks. The Challenge concludes in October, and a Committee meeting will be held to discuss ideas and recommendations generated through the Challenge in November. The ideas adopted by the Committee will be included in its report to the 83rd Texas Legislature beginning in January 2013.