Will serve on energy, juvenile justice groups

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

On Friday, Speaker of the House of Representatives Tom Craddick, released his committee appointments for the 80th State Legislature.

State Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D-Alice) said she was honored to be appointed to the two committees she requested, the House Committee on Energy Resources and the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues.

"I met with Speaker Craddick two days prior to his announcement to demonstrate that although we have clear differences in our positions, I am still willing to work with the leadership in order to serve the best interests of District 35," Toureilles said.

Toureilles was assigned to the House Committee on Energy Resources for a second term. This committee has jurisdiction over issues concerning the production and regulation of oil and all other sources of energy. The Committee on Energy has historically played a vital role because of the importance of the oil industry in Texas along with the vast amounts of natural gas in the state, she said.

"Energy resources of all types are bountiful in all of District 35," Toureilles said.

"In several of my counties uranium mines are resurging and it is necessary to ensure we have processes in place to regulate them, ensuring the safety of our communities. Oil wells are also abundant throughout the district. Through this appointment, I will be given the opportunity to once again be the voice of the energy community in District 35."

Toureilles was also appointed to the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues. This committee has jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to criminal and civil law involving juveniles as well as matters pertaining to family relationships.

"This committee will enable me to utilize my family law background to serve the best interests of our children. I look forward to re-examining the current juvenile justice statute to ensure that the needs of our juveniles and their families are properly met," Toureilles said.

As always, Toureilles requests her constituents to contact her office at 1-800-240-2294 with any questions or concerns that they may have.