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House Committee on Urban Affairs - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members
Robert Talton, Chair
Corbin Van Arsdale, Vice Chair
José Menéndez, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Kevin Bailey
Al Edwards
Bob Hunter
Martha Wong
• Review the roles of special purpose districts; including justification, powers and responsibilities, as well as relationships with local elected governing bodies. Specifically, include an analysis of the use, benefits and drawbacks of tax increment reinvestment zones.
• Actively monitor the implementation of SB 264, 78th Legislature, Regular Session, sunset legislation for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Include and analysis of whether further reforms are needed through a review of best-practices in other states.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of current programs in meeting the state's housing needs and examine new alternatives such as urban land banks, homestead preservation districts and programs to provide gap financing.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of Uniform State Service Regions in allocation of Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds and low-income tax credits to develop housing and examine alternatives to meet the needs of the state's rural areas.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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