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House Committee on Land and Resource Management - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Gary Walker, Chair
Joe Crabb, Vice Chair
Fred Brown
Charlie Geren
Charlie Howard
Mike Krusee
Anna Mowery
Vicki Truitt
Bob Turner
Charges
• Conduct a comprehensive examination of issues associated with the expansion of metropolitan areas into formerly rural areas ("urban sprawl"), including impacts on infrastructure, alteration of the rural or small town character, and the loss of open spaces including farm land and wildlife habitat. Consider the range of state, local and private measures (including the purchase of development rights) that might mitigate the negative aspects of such growth.
• Consider issues associated with the ownership and maintenance of rural roads. Assess the benefits of legislation that would clarify ownership and county responsibility for maintenance of those roads.
• Pursuant to HB 2684, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, conduct a study on the placement and use options for dredged material from the Gulf Intracoastal waterway.
• Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the implementation of HB 7, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, and the new Office of Rural Community Affairs.

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