Today Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced committee assignments.  State Representative Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park) is assigned to the Environmental Regulation Committee and is appointed Vice Chairman of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee.  Earlier this week Representative Dale was elected by his colleagues as Chairman of the Texas House Energy Caucus, a bi-partisan organization that studies issues related to oil, gas and electricity.

Dale said, “I am honored that the Speaker appointed me to these influential committees. I look forward to working on both committees to ensure the economic sustainability of our state and the protection of all citizens.”

The House Committee on Environmental Regulation has jurisdiction over air, land and water pollution to include industrial development, waste disposal and has oversight of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  “Protecting our natural resources, while fostering a climate conducive to job growth, requires thoughtful balance.  I’m committed to common-sense policies based on sound science that will protect not just the Texas environment, but also our jobs,” said Dale.

The Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee has jurisdiction over juvenile delinquency and gang violence, criminal law and penalties applied to juveniles and civil law related to familial relationships.  The committee also evaluates services to support children in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services who are victims of human trafficking. “During my tenure in the legislature, I’ve worked to improve protections for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.  As Vice Chair of the Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee, I will continue this work.  Gangs represent a significant public safety threat to Texas due to their propensity for violence and their connection to alien smuggling organizations and Mexican cartels. Texas must continue to address the challenges posed by these gangs that fuel violent crime in our state.”

Tony Dale was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012. He is a small business owner and veteran of the U.S. Army who previously served on the Cedar Park City Council. He represents southwestern Williamson County, Cedar Park, Leander, Brushy Creek, and parts of Austin and Round Rock.