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House Committee on State Affairs - 73rd R.S. (1993)

Committee Members
Curtis Seidlits, Chair
Todd A. Hunter, Vice Chair
Layton Black
Debra Danburg
Betty Denton
Robert Eckels
Bernard Erickson
Toby Goodman
Delwin Jones
Kenny Marchant
Robert Saunders
Jim Tallas
Sylvester Turner
Ron Wilson
Steven Wolens
Charges
• Consider revisions to the Open Records Act to clarify its meaning and utility in light of the number of information files now maintained on computers.
• Study the feasibility of a consolidated Texas state government database to improve electronic access to legislative information, information maintained by state agencies, the Texas Register and other information of public interest and importance.
• Examine the laws related to consumer finance and installment purchases to determine whether changes in the laws, their interpretation or enforcement are necessary to protect the public interest.
• Evaluate the public benefits of requiring the Public Utilities Commission to grant incentive rates of return to electric and telecommunications utilities that exceed certain efficiency thresholds, and to levy a rate of return penalty on utilities that fail to achieve established efficiency standards.
• Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including a study of mandated reports to the legislature and legislative agencies. The study should consist of a review of the legislative reporting requirements of all agencies to identify areas where reporting obligations could be streamlined and agency accountability improved. The committee shall make specific recommendations about the continuation, modification or elimination of required legislative reports.
• Consider legislation which would implement the recommendations of the Texas Offshore Terminal Commission with regard to the construction of a superport off the coast of Texas.*

Note:
The charge abstract regarding the construction of a superport is based on a press release issued by Speaker of the House Price Daniel on December 10, 1973. (Press release from Price Daniel, Jr., Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, December 10, 1973. See House Press Memos 1973, L1801.1 P926 1973.)

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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