Speaker urges Governor's Mansion expansion delay

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus wants the planned two-story addition to the Governor's Mansion placed on hold.
Straus says he would urge the State Preservation Board to slow down its effort to seek approval of the project, according to a story in the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday.
His comments are his first in public on the project. On Wednesday, former governors Dolph Briscoe and mark White joined six Texas House members representing Travis County in opposing the project.
The comments come after the American-Statesman reported that the addition is being pushed forward without public hearings or a public vote by the preservation board. Historical preservationists and government watchdogs have criticized the unusual process.
An arson fire gutted the 153-year-old mansion in June 2008, and preservation board officials and first lady Anita Perry pressed for an expansion.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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