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Interim Hearings – Week of January 29, 2018

Today's Committee Meetings on the LRL website is a calendar of interim committee hearings with links to agendas. Below are resources related to upcoming Interim Hearings.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs (Wharton) 

Topic: Impact to agriculture and rural communities from Hurricane Harvey

Charge: Water infrastructure projects in the State Water Plan to mitigate flooding, possible third reservoir in addition to Addicks and Barker, flood mitigation infrastructure and restoration of critical dam infrastructure


Senate Committee on Finance

Charge: Trauma funding

Charge: Texas Emission Reduction Plan (TERP)

Charge: Fee structure review

Charge: Request to exceed review: Review all riders requiring interim action by the Legislative Budget Board to reduce the number of times interim budget modification is necessary.


Topic: Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery


Charge: Impact of Hurricane Harvey on financial institutions

Charge: Mortgage licensure requirements


Senate Committee on State Affairs (San Marcos)

Charge: Freedom of speech on campus


House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety (Tyler) 

Topic:  Comprehensive review by the Department of Public Safety on various agency matters, including but not limited to: Driver license operations, Texas/Mexico border security and operations, East Texas Gang/Cartel activity, Safety factors with respect to sedan vs. SUV patrol units, CUP appropriations for FY 18/19 and retire/rehire program

Topic: Interactions between law enforcement and citizens including an update on enactments of new law

Topic: Junior college campus security


Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development (Houston) 

Charge: Hotel occupancy taxes

Charge: Regulatory barriers, including permitting or registration requirements and fees


Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform (Houston) 

Charge: How property tax law could better advance disaster recovery after Hurricane Harvey while ensuring that taxpayers are protected from excessive taxation and wasteful spending

Charge: Statutory changes necessary, if any, for a municipality to be able to redirect revenue from Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) for a set period of time to assist in paying the costs associated with recovery and rebuilding necessary infrastructure following a disaster declaration by the Governor or President