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House Committee on Fiscal Impact of Texas Border Support Operations, Select - 83rd R.S. (2013)

Committee Members
Dennis Bonnen, Chair
Greg Bonnen
Myra Crownover
Drew Darby
Donna Howard
Oscar Longoria
Marisa Márquez
Sergio Muñoz, Jr.
John Otto
Sylvester Turner
John Zerwas
• This committee shall monitor the specific measures taken by the Department of Public Safety to support local and federal law enforcement on the border in order to determine the short and long-term impact of this operation on Texas’s economic resources and infrastructure. Additionally, the committee will provide information to the legislature to inform all Texas taxpayers of how the increased immigration will affect the state’s economy and the operations of state and local government and affiliated institutions. The committee will develop specific legislative proposals to address budgetary issues.
Further, the committee shall:
  • Monitor the state’s and local governments’ response to the increased influx of immigrants entering Texas through the Texas-Mexico border, including measures taken by Texas to provide security and human services and potential increases in budgetary costs resulting from these measures;
  • Review and evaluate support Texas has received from the federal government to address this issue, including the use of additional federal funds in Texas, if authorized by Congress;
  • Study the short and long-term budgetary impact of the increased influx of immigrants on the costs of Texas’s border security operations, economic resources, and infrastructure, including the short and long-term impact on operations of local and state governments and agencies; and
  • Determine potential long-term budgetary costs associated with ensuring the health and safety of Texas citizens and the Texas economy.

Established under Rule 1, Section 16 (Proclamation, Speaker Joe Straus, 7/2/2014).

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