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House Committee on Economic Development - 75th R.S. (1997)

Committee Members
René O. Oliveira, Chair
Ken Yarbrough, Vice Chair
Sherri Greenberg
Jim Keffer
Vilma Luna
Richard Peña Raymond
Gene Seaman
Bill Siebert
Leticia Van de Putte
• Conduct a comprehensive review of the unemployment compensation system, including employer contribution rates, benefit determination factors, long-term financial stability, efficiency of benefit delivery and adjudication procedures, and any problems faced by employers or beneficiaries.
• Assess the effects of NAFTA on major industrial, business, agricultural, and labor sectors, as well as trade. Review any other positive or negative impacts, including such areas as environmental and public safety issues. Report on the responses of Texas economic sectors to changes brought about by NAFTA.
• Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including the reformation of the Department of Commerce as the Texas Department of Economic Development.
• Actively monitor the implementation of state and federal welfare reforms. Conduct a comprehensive review of the Texas Workforce Commission, including its organization, rules, plans, and spending. Establish specific goals for welfare reform and assess problems and opportunities for the attainment of those goals. (Joint with House Committees on Appropriations and Human Services; coordinate with the Workforce Development Legislative Oversight Committee)

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