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Interim Charges for House Committees
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 5/1/2014 Views: 1757  Impressions: 13193
Categories: Politics

This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services. Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. The charges are good indicators of what legislation the legislature will take up during the next session. Legislators rely on public input when crafting legislation, and it is important that they hear from people during the interim.

House Committee on Environmental Regulation

* Study the environmental permitting processes at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), specifically the contested-case hearing process at the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) and the timelines associated with the process. Study the economic impact that the state's permitting processes have on Texas manufacturing sectors and how neighboring states' and the federal permitting processes and timelines compare to those in Texas.
* Study the rules, laws, and regulations pertaining to the disposal of high-level radioactive waste in Texas and determine the potential economic impact of permitting a facility in Texas. Make specific recommendations on the state and federal actions necessary to permit a high-level radioactive waste disposal or interim storage facility in Texas.

House Committee on Investments and Financial Services

* Review Texas home equity laws. Study and make recommendations for ensuring Texas consumers have appropriate access to the equity in their homes and adequate protections.
* Review the state regulatory and administrative systems related to public school bond issuances. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Public Education)
* Analyze the costs and benefits of implementing an intrastate equity crowd funding system in Texas. Crowd funding is the practice of obtaining money for a stated purpose from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional methods. Examine the programs other states have implemented and determine whether an equity crowd funding system is appropriate for Texas, and what statutory changes or regulations are necessary to implement equity crowd funding.

The House Committee on Environmental Regulation can be reached at 512-463-0776, and the House Committee on Investments and Financial Services can be reached at 512-463-0871. For more information on these charges or any other matter of state government, please contact my office by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by emailing me at My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.

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