AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) successfully passed House Bill 1510, which transfers oversight of emergency services district (ESD) annual reports from the Texas Department of Agriculture to the Texas Division of Emergency Management. It also requires that the reports be published online.

“Public information about ESDs has historically been difficult for the public to find — even by the districts’ own commissioners,” Rep. Isaac said Thursday. “I’m confident that both emergency service personnel and taxpayers will be better served by annual reports residing with a state agency more closely tied to ESDs’ mission of public safety and emergency management.”

ESDs are special taxing districts that provide fire or EMS services. Their annual reports were originally the purview of the Office of Rural Community Affairs, which was later absorbed by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

“Transparent and responsible use of taxpayer dollars is one of my top priorities, and HB 1510 seeks to improve the public’s access to information about their taxing districts,” Rep. Isaac said Thursday.

HB 1510 has been sent to the Texas Senate for consideration, where it must be passed before the legislation can be signed into law by the governor.

Rep. Isaac is a fourth-generation native Texan who has served House District 45 since 2011. He is the vice president of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus in the Texas Legislature, and founding chair of the Hill Country Caucus. He is proud to represent Hays and Blanco counties and lives in Drippings Springs with his wife, Carrie, and two sons.

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