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Committee: House Energy Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Energy Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Chemical plants | Gasoline pipelines | Homeland security | Natural gas | Natural gas industry | Natural gas pipelines | Natural gas utility rates and charges | Oil industry | Oil pipelines | Pipeline safety | Refineries | Terrorism |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 en27
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [15 pages  File size: 214 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the dramatic increase in the price of natural gas during 2001 and the equally dramatic fall in those same prices since January 2001. Determine the reasons for such extreme volatility and evaluate efforts by state regulators to mitigate the impacts of such volatility on consumers.
2. Examine current interstate and intrastate pipeline statutes and regulations in effect in Texas. Consider special issues involved in conversion of older pipelines intended for transportation of crude oil to use for more volatile products.
3. Review production methods in the East Texas Oil Field and assess the degree to which they will result in maximum recovery of hydrocarbons from this unique reservoir. Evaluate the scientific basis for current production methods.
4. Gather information about the security of pipelines, refineries, oil and gas production facilities, and other facilities critical to processing hydrocarbons. Review government regulations and business practices to determine whether legislation is needed to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.
5. Actively monitor the agencies under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: House Ways and Means
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report, Sixty-fifth legislative session / Texas House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.
Subjects: Business taxes | Franchise taxes | Motor fuels taxes | Natural gas industry | Oil industry | Refineries | Sales tax exemptions | Sales taxes | Severance taxes | State income taxes | Tax system |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 w368
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [55 pages  File size: 1,927 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit: Comptroller of Public Accounts
2. A study of and evaluation of the Texas tax structure. This study shall include a review of the sources of state revenue, both present and proposed, and an analysis of the effect these sources have and would have on the taxpayers of the state. Specifically, the study should accumulate data dealing with tax dollar sources; per capita tax burdens, and comparisons with other states; forms of taxes; amounts of taxes paid by the business community as opposed to the general public; and the effects of the Texas tax structure on business growth and location.
3. A study of the franchise tax and the relative advantages and disadvantages thereto as opposed to other forms of business tax, such as corporate income or profit taxes.
4. A study of the implications, advantages and disadvantages to the state as a whole and to industry alone of a refinery tax on petroleum products. This study should review and analyze other energy-oriented taxes, such as a severance tax or first sale tax.
5. A study of the State sales tax. This study should include a review of various proposals to broaden or narrow the tax, and weigh the relative advantages and disadvantages of each. The study should also include a review of current and proposed exemptions to the sales tax and provide justifications for the keeping of these exemptions.

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