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

Committee Members


  • 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 R.S., 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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