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Texas is in Andrew Murr's blood

Andrew Murr - an 8th generation Texan, descendant of a pioneering family of one of our brave defenders of the Alamo, and grandson of former Governor Coke R. Stevenson – Representative Murr comes from a long line of Texans committed to making our state a better place to live for future generations. Read more about State Representative Andrew Murr...

Earlier this week, I joined several constituents, including Medina County Judge Chris Schuchart, at a Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting in Austin. The Commission discussed, among other things, proposed rules relating to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in whitetail deer. Among many proposed CWD-related rules presented by TPWD employees was the concept of a possible Containment Zone implemented around the first facility having a CWD-positive test in Medina County. Preliminary concepts show such a zone covered the northwest quadrant of this county and small parts of Bandera and Uvalde Counties, restricting transport of carcasses and requiring mandatory CWD testing of all hunter-harvested whitetail deer. I, along with local officials and property owners, oppose the application of any mandatory Containment Zone for this region of Texas and believe that better alternatives may exist to accomplish TPWD data-gathering goals. TPWD Executive Director Smith and the Commission are sympathetic to the many concerns we have and are willing to provide us the time and opportunity to develop a voluntary, locally-driven alternative to gather a minimum amount of CWD testing data for the area, thereby allowing local stakeholders to work in tandem with TP&WD and the Texas Animal Health Commission to accomplish the same goals. We recognize the importance of the economic impact hunting has in the Hill Country and South Texas, and how one person's pastime is another family's livelihood. The Commission deferred taking any action on implementing any type of Containment Zone and provided guidance and time to TPWD and local stakeholders so that we could work towards successfully developing this proposed local alternative. We are grateful for the Commission's consideration and thoughtful guidance in allowing other alternatives to be explored. In addition, this week the Commission deferred taking any action regarding any CWD-related rule, to allow additional time for comment and thorough discussion. To learn more about CWD, visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/diseases/cwd/ To see the press release regarding the decision to table any rule changes, visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/newsmedia/releases/?req=20160527a&nrtype=all&nrspan=2016&nrsearch=

I'm in Austin today attending transportation committee hearings to here updates from various state agencies regarding a number of transportation-related issues. In the afternoon, as a member of the Transportation Subcommittee on Long-term Infrastructure Planning, we also heard from Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar regarding his office's take on the state of the Texas economy (and future expectations on transportation funding sources -- severance tax, sales tax, and motor vehicle sales tax). He reported that, while it’s true that oil and gas prices are down, the economy in Texas has greatly diversified since the last big “oil bust” and NO threat of no recession is looming. Members of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute provided the committee with useful statistical information comparing Texas' transportation funding sources and amounts with other states. I look forward to working with other committee members to find ways to trim ineffective funding sources and still meet our transportation needs.

- A Message from Andrew Murr -

Like all freshman legislators, my first legislative session in the Texas House was very challenging, but in the final analysis it resulted in one victory after another for hard-working Texas families. We passed a fiscally conservative, balanced budget while still adding funding for education, border security, transportation and child protection. We protected the rainy day fund, cut taxes, and had one of the most conservative legislative sessions in memory.

I could have never achieved so much during my first term in the legislature without the wisdom and counsel of my constituents. I look forward to continuing our work together to benefit our district, rural Texas, and the entire state.

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  • P.O. Box 2910
  • Extension Room E1.412
  • Austin, Texas 78768
  • Telephone: (512) 463-0536
  • Facsimile: (512) 463-1449
  • andrew.murr@house.state.tx.us

Kerrville Office

  • 715 Water Street
  • Kerrville, Texas 78028
  • Telephone: (830) 257-0432

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  • 104 West Sandstone
  • Llano, Texas 78643
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  • P.O. Box 125
  • Junction, Texas 76849
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