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House Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs - 84th R.S. (2015)

Committee Members
Rafael Anchia, Chair
J.M. Lozano, Vice Chair
Rodney Anderson
Dustin Burrows
Linda Koop
Scott Turner
Charges
• Identify vulnerabilities in Texas's trade infrastructure due to the threat of extreme weather events and natural disasters. Recommend options available to address and reduce any vulnerability.
• Study how proposed trade agreements would affect Texas. Consider the implications any agreement may have on the freight infrastructure and ports throughout the state as well as any anticipated impact on Texas based industries, including expected job creation and economic expansion.
• Evaluate ways in which Texas can continue to help promote our domestic agriculture products, both across the nation and internationally, and to strengthen our state's international ties for the purpose of exporting Texas food and fiber. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock)
• Review how the Mexican energy transformation has bolstered or diminished the energy economy in Texas. Explore opportunities that would encourage binational exchange and commerce of oil, gas, and oilfield materials. Discuss how a competitive market across the border will affect supply, market price, reliability of Texas oil, gas and energy markets, pipeline build-out as well as other economic factors such as workforce and local economy sustainability. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Energy Resources)
• Analyze recent data attributing the decline in domestic manufacturing to a consistent trade deficit caused by steady increases in net imports. Study how expanding trade and investing in manufacturing communities’ partnerships can grow the state's skilled workforce and production as well as increase net exports and develop a trade balance. (Joint charge with Committee on Business & Industry)
• Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementing of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In addition to general oversight, the Committee should specifically:
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

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