Senator Tommy Williams
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0104

March 7, 2007
Contact: Jason Smith
(512) 463-0104

Williams Named to Joint Select Committee to Investigate Texas Youth Commission Allegations

Findings and Recommendations Due by End of March

AUSTIN -- State Senator Tommy Williams, (R-The Woodlands) was named by Lt. Gov David Dewhurst to the Joint Select House and Senate Committee on the Operation and Management of the Texas Youth Commission late last week as alleged sexual abuses and mismanagement of the TYC surfaced.

"These juveniles have been entrusted to the state of Texas, and I am sickened by what I have learned. It's imperative we thoroughly investigate these allegations, and move swiftly to bring these matters to justice," said Williams.

The committee's jurisdiction covers the agency's operation and management, including investigation of allegations of gross financial mismanagement, sexual misconduct by employees or former employees, and the failure of the agency to properly investigate and resolve charges. All findings, recommendations and necessary legislation are to be reported to the Lt. Gov. and Speaker of the House no later than March 31.

Gov. Perry designated emergency legislation to expand jurisdiction for prosecution over crimes committed at TYC, in addition to creating a new TYC Inspector General independent of the current agency, and empowering the Texas Attorney General to have jurisdiction with local county or district attorneys for prosecution of TYC offenses.

Senator Williams represents Senate District 4 covering all or portions of Jefferson, Orange, Chambers, Liberty, Harris and Montgomery Counties. Williams serves as Vice Chairman of the State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Finance, Transportation, Education and the Sub-committee on Higher Education in the Texas Senate.