In response to pressure from the Texas Association of Counties and some rural Commissioner’s Courts (ref. a story in Thursday Radiogram), the Texas DPS says they are not closing down any of the small town or low demand Driver License Offices…unless they are directed to by the State Legislature.
The Texas Sunset Review process had criticized the DPS for many of its inefficiencies, and suggested that it was operating low demand Driver License Offices while being very slow, etc. at others.
In response, the DPS had developed a list of possible closures of low demand offices. That list included 87 offices, including Lampasas, Goldthwaite, Hamilton, Llano, Cameron, Taylor, etc. That brought an immediate response from the communities included on the list, and the DPS became the recipient of lots of negative publicity.
Caught in the public and political outcry, the DPS said Friday that it was only a possible plan, in response to the Sunset Commission, and that they had no intention of taking any action “without direction from state leadership and the Legislature.”