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Statement: Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Texas Comptroller - News Conference
Tuesday, 24 January 2006

Statement from Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Texas Comptroller Texas Residential Construction Commission News Conference, January 23, 2006.
Read the full comments of the News Conference.  "This agency imposes costly and bureaucratic roadblocks for homeowners left out in the cold by shabby construction and a commission dominated by builders," Strayhorn said... "It is clear that the Texas Residential Construction Commission functions as a builder protection agency." ..."if it were up to me personally, I would blast this Texas Residential Construction Commission builder-protection agency off the bureaucratic books."

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Star-Telegram
Agency has many ties to builders
By ANDREA JARES
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER

Consumer groups see the Texas Residential Construction Commission as a puppet of the Texas Association of Builders. The TAB says its interest is simply participation in government, taking advantage of opportunities available to any citizen.

But thousands of pages of documents released over the past several months show the keen interest of builders' groups in the agency's workings. Most of the documents came from the state comptroller's office, which conducted an inquiry into the TRCC at the request of state Rep. Todd Smith, R-Euless.

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Strayhorn said she'd do it again
Friday, 05 May 2006
Abbott: Comptroller had no authority to issue building report
State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn had no authority to investigate and release a critical report about the performance of the Texas Residential Construction Commission this year, state Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled Wednesday. Strayhorn's response: She'd do it again, and she all but dared Abbott to try to stop her...She criticized the agency, created in 2003, as acting as a "builder protection agency" with no power to enforce homebuilders to repair construction defects in new houses.
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