With less than a month to go in the legislative session, lawmakers appear ready to act on a proposal to change the way the state regulates the booming oil and gas industry.
At issue is both the makeup of the commission that oversees the industry and what power it has to stop or scale back production because of public health and environmental concerns.
Critics say the commission has been slanted in favor of the industry because of its very makeup. All but two of the seven members must have some background in oil and gas.
Under a measure set for a hearing Monday in the Senate, the commission would be expanded to nine members by adding the directors of the natural resources and health departments. Only three of the nine would have to have industry backgrounds.
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