House Representative

Straus, Joe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/10/2012

SPEAKER STRAUS APPOINTS PUBLIC MEMBER TO JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE TO STUDY SEACOAST TERRITORY INSUR.

AUSTIN--- Today, Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) announced the appointment of Mayor Robert Pinkerton, Jr. (South Padre Island), to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Seacoast Territory Insurance. The committee will examine alternative ways to provide insurance to the state's seacoast territory, which is currently served by the quasi-governmental Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA).

Additional duties for the committee include studying the residual markets of windstorm and hail insurance in other states, and studying windstorm-related building codes and mitigation strategies. The committee was created through House Bill 3, 1st Called Session, 82nd Legislature and will report its recommendations by December 1, 2012.

“I am pleased to appoint Mayor Pinkerton to serve on this important committee," said Speaker Straus. “Texans who live along the coast need to be able to count on their windstorm insurance. This committee will review alternative methods to provide insurance coverage in coastal areas and help protect the safety and well-being of the residents and businesses along the 367 miles of Texas coastline."

In addition to Mayor Pinkerton, Speaker Straus has appointed Chairman John Smithee (Amarillo), Representative Craig Eiland (Galveston), Chairman Todd Hunter (Corpus Christi), and Representative Kenneth Sheets (Dallas) to the committee.



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