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House Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs - 83rd R.S. (2013)

Committee Members


  • 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.
  • Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should:
    a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens;
    b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate;
    c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and
    d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
  • Examine the impact on Texas’s economy and businesses of the recent expansion of oil and gas production in Northern Mexico. Assess opportunities for economic growth in Texas and collaboration
    between Texas businesses and Mexico resulting from Mexico’s energy reform, including Mexico’s efforts to recover shale gas from the Eagle Ford Shale.


Rep. Israel appointed 2/12/2014 (Letter, Speaker Joe Straus).

Charge relating to the expansion of oil and gas production in Northern Mexico added by the Speaker on July 1, 2014. (Taylor, Steve. "Straus announces joint interim charge to study impact of Mexico's energy reforms." Rio Grande Guardian, July 18, 2014.)

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