It appears the Spring City state rep has the power as chair of the sub-committee to place before the legislature bills and he is holding the reappointment of the commission ransom. It is true, TWRA receives no state funds. All revenue is derived from sportsmen/women. I suspect this is an attempt from special interest groups (commercial fishermen) who have given money to the Spring City rep. to blackmail the commission into allowing drag nets to be used in all deep water lakes or at least take TWRA funds (from our fees) to perform the $800,000 program to determine the effects of drag nets on fish other than the ones being targeted.
My son and I often speak about issues and how/why positions are taken. FOLLOW THE MONEY, you'll discover who is pulling the strings.