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House Committee on Border and International Affairs - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
Norma Chavez, Chair
Bob Griggs, Vice Chair
Roberto Alonzo
Joaquin Castro
Tommy Merritt
Joe Moreno
Hubert Vo
Charges
• Review the domestic and international use of economic development and tourism resources to increase commerce in the border region, including the two border Regional Centers of Innovation and Commercialization that will be funded through the Emerging Technology Fund.
• Study the impact of increased international trade on the state's markets, state contracts and the security of data transferred overseas.
• Examine the most efficient ways to coordinate the many border-related governmental entities and border-specific programs of state agencies, specifically the operations of the Borderlands Information Center and the Border Activity Tracker and the possibility of combining and transforming them into a comprehensive border information clearinghouse.
• Study the economic infrastructure of the state's main trade corridors with special emphasis on the ability to enhance trade and transportation through increased use of technology. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on Transportation)
• Study the current border and coastal transportation infrastructure and any enhancements needed to meet growing international trade and economic development. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on Transportation.)
• Review the process by which identification documents held by foreign nationals are accepted by state agencies. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on Defense Affairs and State-Federal Relations.)

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