Today, the office looks after state land, the Alamo, helps with recovery after natural disasters, funds public education, provides benefits to veterans and manages the Texas coastline. It's that last task that current Land Commissioner, George P. Bush, is focused on right now.
Bush has proposed two concurrent coastal plans to address critical needs before the next big storm hits and forming a coastal resiliency advisory group, which will be looking for local input from stakeholders along the coast.
Producer Edel Howlin spoke with Commissioner Bush and began by asking why he's focused on the coastline so early in his term as land commissioner.
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