From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2011
Contact: Sarah Gomez, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Passes Legislation Out of the Senate to Improve Relationship Between Alamo and State of Texas

(AUSTIN) — This afternoon, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-26) passed legislation out of the Texas Senate that will establish the Alamo Preservation Advisory Board, with the General Land Office playing an oversight role. Senator Van de Putte has authored Senate Bill 1841 in order to clarify the state's relationship with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, caretakers of the Alamo.

"This is a tremendous step in the right direction for the Alamo, and all the people of Texas. This bill leaving the Senate today is step one in ensuring the long-term preservation of the Shrine of Texas Liberty, and its longtime custodian, the DRT."

Senator Van de Putte has consistently and emphatically emphasized the importance of transparency and financial accountability for this most treasured of state assets. In proposing the establishment of the Alamo Preservation Advisory Board, her legislation will strengthen the relationship between the State of Texas and its caretaker of the Alamo, the DRT.

"My legislation keeps the DRT in a guardian role while establishing a framework for transparent, professional stewardship of the Alamo. I am very grateful to all of my colleagues in the Senate for working with me in order to ensure that there is an oversight structure in place that allows for the successful stewardship of the Alamo by the DRT."