Historic Texas agency seeks new name

July 4, 2010 1:32:43 PM PDT
The Texas Railroad Commission has had nothing to do with Texas railroads since 2005.

That's prompting its three commissioners to ask the Texas Legislature for a new name.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the commission, which today mainly regulates oil and gas production and transmission, is pushing for lawmakers to rename it the Texas Energy Commission.

However, multiple efforts to rename the commission over the past five years have stalled in the state House Resources Committee. Opponents say they worry about the costs that would be associated with changing the name. Some also want to retain the name in homage to the tradition and heritage of the 102-year-old agency.


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