Appointments for March 8, 2017
Appointed to the Public Safety Commission, for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Steven P. Mach of Houston as Chairman (replacing A. Cynthia "Cindy" Leon of Mission).
Appointments for March 10, 2017
Appointed to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, for a term to expire February 1, 2020, Diane J. "Jelain" Chubb of Austin (Ms. Chubb is being reappointed).
Appointed to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board, for a term to expire February 1, 2020, Bobby R. "Bob" Glenn of Weatherford (replacing Nelson H. Balido of Boerne whose term expired).
Appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Women, for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Karen H. Harris of Lakehills as Vice-Chairman (Ms. Harris is replacing Alejandra C. De la Vega-Foster of El Paso).
Greg Abbott, Governor
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, do hereby certify that wildfires that began on March 6, 2017, have caused a disaster in Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts and Wheeler counties in the state of Texas.
THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree, Roberts and Wheeler counties in the state of Texas.
Pursuant to Section 4 18.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.
Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency's emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.
In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 11th day of March, 2017.
Greg Abbott, Governor