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Interim Charges for House Committees
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 6/13/2014 Views: 1367  Impressions: 10155
Categories: Politics

This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs and the House Committee on Land & Resource Management. 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 International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs

* Examine opportunities and innovations to increase international trade and investment in Texas. Review state and federal regulations to determine what can be done to ease tariff and non-tariff barriers in order to maximize trade flow.
* Study options to improve the physical infrastructure that facilitates international trade, considering both state and local investment opportunities.
* Quantify the impact of commercial ship traffic on smaller coastal waterways and find
creative, pro-growth solutions that will allow all Texans access to the Gulf of Mexico.

House Committee on Land and Resource Management

* Examine population growth in Texas cities and the impact the growth has had on housing, available land resources, city centers, businesses, and the state's economy. Evaluate Texas's preparedness to respond to future growth and ensure economic stability.
* Examine the feasibility and desirability of creating and maintaining a coastal barrier system.
* Study current regulatory authority available to municipalities in their extraterritorial jurisdiction. Examine how citizens are involved in the zoning process, and make necessary recommendations to ensure a proper balance between development activities, municipal regulations, and the effect zoning decisions have on Texas citizens.
* Examine opportunities to improve the resiliency of the Texas coast to withstand tropical storms. Study strategies to incentivize and encourage hazard mitigation, and consider the current state of building codes and how they might more effectively protect property and reduce losses. Examine the proper role of insurance in protecting the Texas coast.

The House Committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs can be reached at 512-463-1211; the House Committee on Land & Resource Management can be reached at 512-463-1623. 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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