A compromise has emerged in the back-room fight over merging Texas’ juvenile-justice agencies — the embattled Texas Youth Commission and the smoothly run Juvenile Probation Commission.
The idea: leave the agencies separate, but put them under one governing board that could oversee both.
Sens. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, and Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, among other lawmakers, are reportedly shopping the compromise around the Capitol this afternoon, to try for an agreement before the Sunset Advisory Commission meets in the morning.
The Sunset Commission is to vote tomorrow on a staff recommendation to merge the two agencies.
Initial reaction to the compromise is split.
Most lawmakers: Two agencies, two budgets, one board? Won’t work.
Others: Might make sense as a start to combine the two.
MORE: Ward lays out four options facing legislators and predicts some version of a merger is likely.