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Bye-bye, TYC board

Good riddance.

The entire Texas Youth Commission board will resign on Friday after approving a rehabilitation plan for the agency, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry said today.

The rehabilitation plan is to be presented by Ed Owens, the acting executive director, said Perry spokesman Ted Royer.

Earlier today, the Senate voted 30-0 to oust the board. Lawmakers have been trying to force out the six sitting board members, saying they failed to provide proper oversight as widespread reports began surfacing that incarcerated juveniles were being sexually and physically abused by staff.

The bill passed by the Senate now goes to the House, where it appears to have overwhelming support.

More here, here, and here. I suppose the good news for Rick Perry is that it renders the bipartisan call to have David Dewhurst unilaterally replace the board while he’s filling in moot – you can see the letter here (PDF). So to recap, we’ve had the HPV vote, and now this. What will be the next stinging rebuke delivered to Governor Perry?

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