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Interim Charges for House Committees
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 5/8/2014 Views: 1214  Impressions: 14582
Categories: Politics



This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform. 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 Government Efficiency & Reform

* Examine current restrictions on state and local governmental entities relating to the construction of critical infrastructure, including transportation and water projects, and make recommendations for expediting and creating more cost-effective and efficient methods for the construction of such projects.
* Study the current laws, rules, and processes in place for the Department of Information Resources' Cooperative Contracts and recommend improvements to the 84th Legislature. The Department of Information Resources is the state agency that provides technology support to state government, education, and local government entities. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Technology)
* Review the application of the Public Information Act to requests for large amounts of electronic data. Examine whether the procedures and deadlines imposed by the Act give governmental bodies enough time to identify and protect confidential information in such requests.
* Examine the public's accessibility to government services and agencies through the use of mobile applications and online services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Technology)
* Study the benefits of utilizing a Chief Innovation Officer for Texas and its agencies.
* Study the feasibility of having all state agencies use the Texas Workforce Commission's "Work in Texas" website for a more standardized applications process. Determine the interest of municipal, county, and other jurisdictions in boosting their utilization of the website.

The House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform can be reached at 512-463-0903. 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 larry.phillips@house.state.tx.us. My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.




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