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House Committee on State Affairs - 76th R.S. (1999)

Committee Members
Steven Wolens, Chair
Sylvester Turner, Vice Chair
Leo Alvarado, Jr.
Kevin Bailey
Kim Brimer
David Counts
Tom Craddick
Debra Danburg
Paul Hilbert
Bob Hunter
Delwin Jones
John Longoria
Kenny Marchant
Brian McCall
Tommy Merritt
Charges
• Study the authority of state and local governments to require cable television companies to provide access to competitors and to affect the rates, terms and conditions under which access is provided. Consider the speed of change in the telecommunications industry and the implications of the state assuming new regulatory responsibilities in this industry, including the question of whether any or all providers of broadband service should be required to provide access to competitors.
• Review the current state of privacy laws in Texas as they relate to businesses' or government's ability to disseminate personal information without prior written permission.
• Study the nature and extent of lobby influence on the legislative process.
• Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including monitoring the implementation of SB 560, 76th Legislature, Regular Session, and changes in telecommunications markets resulting from the legislation.

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