A substitute bill that is much more palatable to the committee of the Senate that was holding up the WORD bill, was passed out of committee this week, and should be voted on, soon on the Senate floor. It charges a fee for each tuber going through the outfitters, that is then used solely on law enforcement. It is creating much more revenue for the counties which is desperately needed by the downstream counties so that the river can once again be safe for families. It creates much more revenue than the agreement between the outfitters and Caldwell County that was also signed this week. The bill would be better since the county would not have to go begging the outfitters for more funds each year to manage the law enforcement presence, which has to REALLY be beefed up to get the problems down there under control. No one wants more deaths and injuries. And families who want to recreate on the river, and those who live there, definitely are not safe in recent years. We will explain later about what individuals can do to make sure this bill passes. You can always talk to your state rep or senator. The counties are for it, and it is now called a River Safety Zone, not a WORD or district.. It is a good beginning to having a safer river for the public, though it does not cover everything we had hoped for. However the root of all the problems is the lack of law enforcement, and the feeling that anything goes, down there in the river. If we can make sure everyone knows that laws will be enforced, behavior would straighten up over time. On Facebook more info is available on the bill, see the page for San Marcos Zone which SMRF shared on our page yesterday.