BE IT REMEMBERED, that heretofore on the 2nd day of November 2011, there came to be heard matters under the regulatory authority of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in the Commission Hearing Room of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Headquarters Complex, to wit:
THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION:
THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT:
PROCEEDINGS 1 COMMISSIONER FALCON: Thank you, 2 Mr. Chairman. The first item would be the approval of 3 the minutes for the previous Committee meeting from 24 4 August, 2011. Do I hear a motion from a Commissioner? 5 COMMISSIONER MARTIN: So moved. 6 COMMISSIONER SCOTT: Second. 7 COMMISSIONER FALCON: Scott and Margaret. 8 All those in favor say aye. 9 (A chorus of ayes) 10 COMMISSIONER FALCON: Opposed? All 11 right, I'm going to go ahead and remove Committee Item 12 No. 2 from the agenda and I'm going to ask Mr. Carter 13 Smith now to present Committee Item No. 1 and for him to 14 discuss Committee Item No. 3 and No. 4. 15 MR. SMITH: Right. Thank you, 16 Mr. Chairman, members of the Commission. I'm going to 17 kind of dispense with a full report on Committee Item 18 No. 1 and just two things I want to point out real 19 quickly. I think all of you are aware that built into 20 our base budget is a presumed collection of a million 21 600,000 a year in donations to State Parks and this is 22 presumed to come from people who are making donations 23 when they go to re-register their vehicles. 24 And I just want to compliment Darcy and 25 Linda and Lydia and everybody who's been working on this Sunbelt Reporting & Litigation Services HOUSTON DALLAS/FT. WORTH CORPUS CHRISTI AUSTIN 165 1 with very, very limited funds to try to get the word out 2 so that people will be motivated to donate. Y'all have 3 asked us to be thinking about collateral that we could 4 place in tax assessor/collector's offices and they've 5 done a great job. You'll see these table tents which 6 they've put forward, State Parks need your help more now 7 than ever; so encouraging you to donate $5 or more when 8 you register your vehicles. 9 They've also -- and I think, Commissioner 10 Duggins, this may have even been something that you had 11 proposed; but, you know, basically a placemat here that 12 could put up there where folks are going to register 13 their vehicles just to make people aware of this 14 opportunity. That is a huge issue. Remember, built 15 into our budget is an assumption that we'll come up with 16 a million 600,000 a year. That funds core operational 17 needs of State Parks -- keeping the lights on, taking 18 care of our State Parks, the stewardship, the 19 maintenance. So we need to do everything we can. 20 And I just wanted to let you know how 21 hard our team in marketing has been working on this and 22 come up with a lot of creative capital. So real proud 23 of them for that and appreciate y'alls help in getting 24 the word out. 25 The last thing I'll mention, we've talked Sunbelt Reporting & Litigation Services HOUSTON DALLAS/FT. WORTH CORPUS CHRISTI AUSTIN 166 1 a lot about the importance about how we reach out to the 2 Hispanic demographic and try to work to encourage them 3 to get more involved in our outdoor recreational 4 activities. And so I'm real pleased to show our new 5 State Park Guide that was published in Spanish. And so, 6 you know, we were given that feedback from Spanish 7 speaking families that it would certainly help to have 8 more information that was presented in Spanish. And 9 again, our team has worked hard to do that and so I just 10 wanted to share those updates with you because I know 11 they would both be meaningful on that front. 12 Mr. Chairman, that's the only thing I've 13 got on Item No. 1, unless anybody has any questions for 14 me. 15 COMMISSIONER FALCON: No, sir. Go ahead. 16 MR. SMITH: Okay, all right. I'm going 17 to go to Item No. 3 and in the interest of time, Darcy 18 and her team have been working very, very hard on this 19 issue. In the last session, there was legislation 20 passed that would give the Department more authority to 21 enter into agreements with corporate partners to help 22 license the use of the Parks and Wildlife name and 23 brand, to engage in strategic marketing partnerships in 24 which entities could be, you know, the official partner 25 of Parks and Wildlife with X, Y, Z activity, to set up Sunbelt Reporting & Litigation Services HOUSTON DALLAS/FT. WORTH CORPUS CHRISTI AUSTIN 167 1 opportunities where companies could acquire and sell 2 State Park passes. So there were a set of kind of 3 permissive things that were provided in that 4 legislation. 5 Our team has worked hard to develop a set 6 of rules by which we would evaluate that. And so I'm 7 not going to go in -- in the interest of time, I'm not 8 going to go into a lot of detail on that. But basically 9 what we're asking for is your permission to go ahead and 10 publish the proposed rules for official corporate 11 partners and get those published in the Texas Register 12 and so with y'alls permission, we would like to proceed 13 with that. Good with that? 14 COMMISSIONER FALCON: Sounds all right. 15 MR. SMITH: And certainly if you've got 16 any questions at all about the details on that, please 17 do contact Darcy and Lydia. They can certainly fill you 18 in on that in more detail. 19 Mr. Chairman, the last item that we have 20 on this Committee has to do -- and it's an action item 21 for tomorrow and so we'll get a full presentation on 22 this, but this is basically giving the Executive 23 Director the authority to set fees that an internet 24 service provider could collect for providing boater 25 education on the internet. Right now, it's capped at $3 Sunbelt Reporting & Litigation Services HOUSTON DALLAS/FT. WORTH CORPUS CHRISTI AUSTIN 168 1 a student. This legislation allowed us to have the 2 Executive Director to set a fee not to exceed $25. 3 What we heard from all of these internet 4 service providers, that they just can't provide boater 5 education to students at $3 a head; and so this gives 6 them something to be competitive. We need to do 7 everything we can to allow these service providers to 8 recapture kind of their basic costs and have some kind 9 of a profit motive in there for them if they're going to 10 continue with this service and so this is an action item 11 on the agenda tomorrow and I just wanted to give you 12 that quick overview of that. So pretty straight 13 forward. 14 COMMISSIONER FALCON: Okay. So we'll 15 place this item on the committee -- the Thursday 16 Commission meeting agenda for public comment and action. 17 MR. SMITH: That's right. Thank you, 18 Mr. Chairman. 19 COMMISSIONER FALCON: Chairman Friedkin, 20 that completes the business of this Committee.
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