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Estes named to SWIFT advisory panel

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has appointed Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) to the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) advisory committee.

The position filled by Estes was vacated by Sen. Robert Duncan of Lubbock, who retired to become chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.

Last November, Texas voters approved Proposition 6 and the creation of SWIFT, a state-funded account to assist in financing rural water projects, projects related to conservation and reuse, and water projects in communities and cities of all sizes throughout the state.

The advisory committee is comprised of a designee of the state comptroller, three state senators and three state representatives. It makes recommendations on rulemaking, the fund’s investment policy and how money will be spent. Each year the advisory committee will receive a written report on investments made using SWIFT funds.

“Concerning water availability in Texas, the decisions we make now have great implications for the future,” said Estes. “This is why I will use my appointment to ensure the money allocated by the people of Texas to SWIFT is used wisely and responsibly to develop and conserve water resources in this state.”

Estes serves nearly 820,000 constituents across Senate District 30, which includes Wise and 13 other counties.

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