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House Committee on Energy Resources - 86th R.S. (2019)

Committee Members
Chris Paddie, Chair
Abel Herrero, Vice Chair
Rafael Anchia
Ernest Bailes
Tom Craddick
Drew Darby
Charlie Geren
Roland Gutierrez
Cody Harris
Mary Ann Perez
Jon Rosenthal
Charges
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 86th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure intended legislative outcome of all legislation.
• Study the adequacy of the workforce currently available to the industries responsible for energy production and how state policies may facilitate investment in public infrastructure and workforce development. Examine the labor needs within oil and gas exploration, production, and transportation to identify workforce gaps and the resulting effects on industry expansion, economic growth, and increasing population.
• Evaluate the status of water recycling and reuse efforts in the oil and gas industry in Texas and elsewhere. Evaluate options for tax credits, deductions, or discounts to encourage recycling, treatment, or reuse of produced water from oil and gas production activities. Make recommendations on statutory or regulatory changes needed to promote recycling and reuse strategies for produced water. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Ways & Means)
• Study the growth challenges of energy producing regions in Texas and the impact energy explorations and production have on state and county roads, infrastructure, health care, education, and public safety. Make recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes to improve public safety, alleviate volume of truck traffic, mitigate strains on local infrastructure, and better manage adverse impacts on communities in energy sector areas of the state.
• Monitor the State Auditor's review of agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction. The Chair shall seek input and periodic briefings on completed audits for the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years and bring forth pertinent issues for full committee consideration.

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