State Report Calls for Port of Houston Reforms 8/5/12
August 5, 2012
HOUSTON (AP) - A state advisory commission says the Port of Houston needs to make sweeping changes to its management style and modernize its business practices as it looks to keep up with an expanding market and growing demands.
The 95-page report released Friday by the Sunset Advisory Commission makes more than 12 recommendations to reform one of the nation's busiest ports, responsible for ship traffic to dozens of refineries and petrochemical plants housed along the Houston Ship Channel.
The Houston Chronicle reports the commission calls on the port to limit governing commissions to three, four-year terms and be more transparent. It also calls for one commissioner to be appointed by the governor.
The commission reviewed the port after it was criticized for holding closed-door meetings, overspending and having inadequate financial controls.