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DeWitt County judge to testify before House committee

Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

Daryl Fowler

DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler will testify before a Texas House of Representatives committee Wednesday.

Fowler will address the House County Affairs Committee, which is hearing testimony on issues arising from population growth and the providing of services, including road maintenance in unincorporated areas, according to a news release from the judge's office.

The public hearing Wednesday is the last public hearing to be held by this committee before the full House convenes in January.

Fowler has been researching ways to obtain state funding for the maintenance and construction needs of petroleum producing counties and was appointed to a task force assembled by the Texas Department of Transportation for such purpose in the spring, according to the news release.

Last year, he was also picked as a county government representative on Railroad Commissioner David Porter's Eagle Ford Shale Task Force where he began to network with oil industry executives and other government officials to explore solutions to the problems being experienced in shale plays, including heavily damaged infrastructure in the process.

One of Fowler's proposals includes a reallocation of the state severance tax, which is allocated to the Permanent School Fund and the Rainy Day Fund.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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