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Straus Brings High Expectations to Texas Speaker Job

Jan. 5, 2009

Straus Brings High Expectations to Texas Speaker Job

Statement of Tom “Smitty” Smith, Director,  Public Citizen’s Texas Office

State Rep. Joe Straus (R–San Antonio) has shown significant leadership on clean energy   issues, including supporting renewable energy and unanimously passing the most important energy efficiency bill since deregulation.

We look forward to seeing the new speaker continue his commitment to open government, key renewable energy legislation, and his pledge to protect members from the “undue pressure and influence from special interests” and lobbyists.   Public Citizen hopes we can count on Straus’ support for wide ranging ethics and rules reforms to increase government transparency.

We congratulate Representative Straus on his selection and look forward working with him in the next session.