Presenters: Walt Dabney
Commission Agenda Item No. 11
Transfer of Texas State Railroad and 18 Historic Sites
I. Executive Summary: Staff will update the Commission on the status of the legislatively mandated transfer of the Texas State Railroad to the Texas State Railroad Authority and the transfer of 18 State Historic Sites to the Texas Historical Commission.
II. Discussion: Senate Bill 1659 (SB 1659) and House Bill 12 (HB 12), 80th Texas Legislature (2007) directed that TPWD transfer 19 facilities to other governmental bodies. SB 1659 created the Texas State Railroad Authority (TSRA) and directed the transfer of assets associated with the Texas State Railroad from TPWD to the TSRA. Similarly, HB 12 directed that TPWD transfer 18 State Historic Sites to the Texas Historical Commission. The transfer of the Texas State Railroad was effective September 1, 2007. The transfer of the 18 State Historic Sites will be effective on January 1, 2008. Staff will brief the Commission on status of these transfers and issues associated with the transfers.