FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/20/2012
RED TAPE CHALLENGE OFFERS NEW PLATFORM FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
AUSTIN -- House Speaker Joe Straus today encouraged Texans to visit the Texas Red Tape Challenge, a crowdsourcing website created by the House Government Efficiency and Reform Committee.
The Red Tape Challenge website combines technology and civic engagement by allowing Texans to register ideas and opinions on various state regulations. Site users can voice their opinion on existing regulations, suggest policy alternatives to those regulations, and comment on others' suggestions.
The Government Efficiency and Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Bill Callegari of Katy, will consider ideas and recommendations from the website in a November hearing at the Capitol. The ideas that the committee adopts will be part of its interim report to the 83rd Legislature.
"The Texas Red Tape Challenge is a new way to invite the public into the legislative process," Speaker Straus said. "I thank Chairman Callegari and the Committee for creating this platform, and I hope Texans will use it to share their own experiences and suggestions for reform."
The project focuses on four subjects: occupational licensing, state agency rulemaking, public school mandates and manufacturing in Texas. Specific focus areas for each of the subjects are introduced on a rolling basis. For example, users can now offer recommendations on high school curriculum mandates, or on regulations related to public insurance adjusters.
"The direct input provided on this site will help the Legislature make state government more efficient, accountable and responsive to taxpayers," Speaker Straus said.
Members of the public can participate in the Red Tape Challenge at texasredtapechallenge.com.
JASON EMBRY OR ERIN DALY