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House Committee on Ways and Means - 85th R.S. (2017)

Committee Members
Dennis Bonnen, Chair
Yvonne Davis, Vice Chair
Dwayne Bohac
Drew Darby
Eric Johnson
Jim Murphy
Andrew Murr
Richard Peña Raymond
Hugh D. Shine
Drew Springer, Jr.
Phil Stephenson
Charges
• Review the impact of Hurricane Harvey on state and local taxes. Examine the need for and the feasibility of requiring reappraisal of all property affected by large-scale disasters such as Harvey. Identify improvements to the tax-rate-setting process following such disasters.
• Review the property tax system and identify improvements relating to:
a. Transparency and communications with taxpayers;
b. The tax-rate-setting process;
c. The training and expertise required of appraisal review board members;
d. Appraisal review board composition, structure, and process; and
e. Appeals of appraisal review board orders.
• Review the franchise tax and identify any changes that would improve the state’s business climate.
• Monitor litigation to overturn the Bellas Hess and Quill decisions, thereby granting states the authority to collect sales and use taxes from remote retailers.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature.

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