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House Committee on County Affairs - 70th R.S. (1987)

Committee Members
Mark Stiles, Chair
Robert Eckels, Vice Chair
Ben Campbell
Steve Carriker
Eldon Edge
Charles Finnell
Dudley Harrison
Arves E. Jones
Bob Melton
Pete Patterson
Phyllis Robinson
Foster Whaley
John Willy
Charges
• To monitor all activities and have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 6.
• To study the current funding sources of Texas county government in light of comparative studies on the funding of county governments nationwide. Make recommendations on adequacy of current revenue to meet current and future county responsibilities including the infrastructure needs of county programs.
• To study the need for ordinance making power for county government to protect the health and welfare of citizens living in unincorporated areas.
• To study and evaluate the county indigent health programs resulting from the Indigent Health Care and Treatment Act and develop recommendations for any necessary revisions. (Joint study with House Committee on Public Health).
• To study the possible consolidation of tax collection efforts under one entity and project the fiscal impact of such programs.
• To study the abolishment of the office of county treasurer and the transfer of the treasurer's duties to auditor's office.
• To study the reorganization of county government to allow for the abolition of unnecessary offices on a local option basis.
• To study the impact of state programs and expenditures mandated by the state for counties.
• To study the development of a County Fiscal Responsibility Act to insure all funds linked to county government are under the purview of the commissioner's court.
• To study the operation of county bail bond boards.
• To study the need for citizen representation on boards.

Note:
Steve Carriker (Member) sworn into Senate 8/25/1988.

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