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85th Legislature Interim Charges Tracker

Interim Charge Tracker

The year and a half in between legislative sessions is called the “interim” period. During the interim period, the House and Senate committees hold hearings to study specific issues, or “charges” that are assigned to them by the Speaker and Lt. Governor.

This year’s interim charges include important items such as health care reform, reducing the tax burden, school choice, Second Amendment rights, and religious freedoms. Many of the charges relate to planks or priorities from the RPT platform (see below).

Although bills cannot be passed since we’re not within an actual legislative session, these interim hearings are the Legislature’s way of reaching out to you for your opinion on important issues. By studying these issues now, our Senators and Representatives can be prepared to pass bills in 2019 that address the specifics you’ll bring to their attention.

Most of these hearings will include a time for public testimony — that’s your chance to make your voice heard. Join our STAT team now!

Interim Charges Tracker

Chamber
Committee
Topic
Plank
(priorities denoted with red background)
Hearing
Charge
Chairman
Republican members
R members email addresses
Letter emailed
Letter hand-delivered
Strategic Partners
Witnesses
Testimony
Comms
RPT Actions Taken
Notes
Hearing Title
Hearing Link
Hearing
Committee Link
Committee
HouseHOUSE: Agriculture & LivestockHemp Cultivation#206: - We support legislation allowing for industrial hemp cultivation in TexasTBD as of 2018.01.237. Evaluate the uses of industrial hemp and the economic feasibility of developing an industrial hemp market under existing or future state and federal regulations. Examine the processing and manufacturing process requirements of multiple bi-products, including feed, food, fiber, cosmetics, supplements, and building materials.Tracy King (D)
Vice: Mary Gonzalez (D)
Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson
Rep. Dustin Burrows
Rep. John Cyrier
Rep. Matt Rinaldi
Rep. Lynn Stucky
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C020HOUSE: Agriculture & Livestock
HouseHOUSE: AppropriationsMedicaid Reform#108 We support Medicaid block grants to the states and returning Medicaid to its original purpose - to be a temporary assistance. We oppose any further expansion of Medicaid.TBD as of 2018.01.2311. Monitor Congressional action on federal healthcare reform and CHIP reauthorization. Identify potential impacts of any proposed federal changes. Identify short- and long-term benefits and challenges related to converting Texas Medicaid funding to a block grant or per capita cap methodology. Determine how Texas should best prepare for federal changes, including statutory and regulatory revisions, as well as any new administrative functions that may be needed. Explore opportunities to increase the state's flexibility in administering its Medicaid program, including but not limited to the use of 1115 and 1332 waivers.John Zerwas (R)Rep. Trent Ashby
Rep. Giovanni Capriglioni
Rep Greg Bonnen
Rep Scott Cosper
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Jay Dean
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Linda Coop
Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Dade Phelan
Rep. John Raney
Rep. Kevin Roberts
Rep. J.D. Sheffield
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Gary VanDeaver
Rep. John Zerwas (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C030HOUSE: Appropriations
HouseHOUSE: AppropriationsPermissible Uses of the Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Funds)#171: Amend the Texas Constitution to narrow the permissible uses of the Economic Stabilization Fund to cover revenue shortfalls in the current biennium, debt retirement, one-time infrastructure projects, and expenses related to a state of disaster as declared by the Governor.1. Examine the use of federal funds by state agencies responding to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and identify opportunities to maximize the use of federal funds to reduce the impact of future natural disasters. Also, identify the need for state resources to respond to Harvey relief and recovery efforts, as well as opportunities for state investment in infrastructure projects that will reduce the impact of future natural disasters.John Zerwas (R)Rep. Trent Ashby
Rep. Giovanni Capriglioni
Rep Greg Bonnen
Rep Scott Cosper
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Jay Dean
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Linda Coop
Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Dade Phelan
Rep. John Raney
Rep. Kevin Roberts
Rep. J.D. Sheffield
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Gary VanDeaver
Rep. John Zerwas (C)
2017-12-212018.05.24 http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C0302018052409001.HTM2018.05.24 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C030HOUSE: Appropriations
HouseHOUSE: AppropriationsTax Burden / state's readiness to care for aging Texans / Medicaid#175:Tax Burden- We in the Republican Party of Texas believe in the principles of constitutionally limited government based on Federalist principles. To this end we encourage our elected officials at all levels of government to work to reverse the current trend of expanding government and the growing tax and debt burdens this places on we the people. . . . TBD as of 2018.01.2312. Review the state's readiness to care for aging Texans by reviewing the reimbursement methodologies for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, including supplemental payments, Medicaid add-on payments, and availability of alternative methods of finance. Identify methodologies to adequately finance Medicaid rates for long-term care facilities under managed care capitation, support high-quality care for Texas seniors, accommodate new models of care, and encourage care coordination to treat higher incidence of complex conditions.John Zerwas (R)Rep. Trent Ashby
Rep. Giovanni Capriglioni
Rep Greg Bonnen
Rep Scott Cosper
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Jay Dean
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Linda Coop
Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Dade Phelan
Rep. John Raney
Rep. Kevin Roberts
Rep. J.D. Sheffield
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Gary VanDeaver
Rep. John Zerwas (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C030HOUSE: Appropriations
HouseHOUSE: AppropriationsBorder Security Funding / evaluate effectiveness of 85-R legislationPriority 3: Prioritize the allocation of funds to effectively secure the border through whatever means necessary, including but not limited to barriers, personnel, and technology over land, sea, and air, because the federal government refuses to secure the southern border of Texas.
#253: We expect both the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress to make a priority of allocating funds to effectively secure the border through whatever means necessary, including but not limited to barriers, personnel, and technology over land, sea, and air.
TBD as of 2018.01.237. Continue to evaluate the effectiveness of state agencies' use of funds appropriated during the 85th Legislative Session for border security operations. Examine existing data and reporting on border security metrics. Monitor federal efforts to enhance security along the Texas-Mexico border to ensure that state resources are utilized optimally.John Zerwas (R)Rep. Trent Ashby
Rep. Giovanni Capriglioni
Rep Greg Bonnen
Rep Scott Cosper
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Jay Dean
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Linda Coop
Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Dade Phelan
Rep. John Raney
Rep. Kevin Roberts
Rep. J.D. Sheffield
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Gary VanDeaver
Rep. John Zerwas (C)
2017-12-212018.04.18 10:00amhttp://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C0302018041810001.HTM2018.04.18 10:00amhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C030HOUSE: Appropriations
HouseHOUSE: Business & IndustryPreserving Private Enterprise / review law on consumer rights and protections#45: We believe that goods and services which are not transported across state lines should not be subject to federal regulations, or regulated by any other level of government other than the minimum necessary to prevent disease, fraud, injury to others, or other infringement of citizens’ unalienable rights.http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C0402018040410001.HTM2. Review all existing law concerning consumer rights and protections, including but not limited to statutes that address deceptive practices, landlord/tenant agreements, and homeowner/contractor disputes. Determine whether the provisions offer adequate guidance and protections in disaster and recovery situations.Rene Oliveira (D)
Vice: Hugh Shine (R)
Rep. Hugh Shine (VC)
Rep Jonathon Stickland
Rep. Jason Villalba
Rep. Paul Workman
2017-12-212018.04.04http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C0402018040410001.HTM2018.04.04http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C040HOUSE: Business & Industry
HouseHOUSE: Criminal JurisprudenceCapital Punishment#157 Capital Punishment- Properly applied capital punishment is legitimate, is an effective deterrent, and should be reasonably swift and unencumbered.
#88 Right to Life- All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore, the unborn, the aged, and the physically or mentally challenged have a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed.
#110 Caring for our mentally disabled citizens- We urge the Legislature to continue funding and operating all state-supported living centers for the mentally disabled.
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2202018032611001.HTM2. Assess developments in medical science and legal standards related to the imposition of the death penalty on defendants with serious mental illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities. Review statutorily prescribed jury instructions used during capital sentencing.Joe Moody (D)
Vice: Todd Hunter (R)
Rep. Cole Hefner
Rep Todd Hunter (VC)
Rep. Mike Lang
Rep. Terry Wilson
2017-12-212018.03.26http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2202018032611001.HTM2018.03.26http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C220HOUSE: Criminal Jurisprudence
HouseHOUSE: Criminal JurisprudenceGun RightsPlank 73: Red Flag: We oppose monitoring programs including the Red Flag (that would deprive someone of their right to keep and bear arms without being convicted of a crime or found mentally incompetent by a medical psychiatric professional) or iWatch proposals and any program that causes gun owners to be investigated by law enforcement or appear before a judge when there is no reasonable cause of a crime committed. We oppose increased background checks, as they are highly prone to “false positives” and hinder law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves, rather than reduce crime.
Plank 74: Firearms Storage: We oppose mandates on personal firearms storage, maintaining that it is the responsibility of an individual to safely store his or her firearms and choose responsibly when and how to make them available to minors.
2018.06.25Joe Moody (D)
Vice: Todd Hunter (R)
Rep. Cole Hefner
Rep Todd Hunter (VC)
Rep. Mike Lang
Rep. Terry Wilson
HouseHOUSE: Criminal JurisprudenceSexual Assault#160 Adults convicted of sexual molestation of a minor should receive mandatory prison sentences without probation or parole up to and including capital punishment. We support increasing the penalty for failure to report child sexual assault cases, and we urge vigorous prosecution of such failure.TBD as of 2018.01.235. Examine the legal framework surrounding sexual assault prosecutions, including statutory definitions, certain age-based offenses, and ongoing developments in evidence collection and processing.Joe Moody (D)
Vice: Todd Hunter (R)
Rep. Cole Hefner
Rep Todd Hunter (VC)
Rep. Mike Lang
Rep. Terry Wilson
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C220HOUSE: Criminal Jurisprudence
HouseHOUSE: Defense & Veterans’ AffairsSupport of our Armed Forces / homeless veterans' needs#230 The men and women who wear our country's uniform, whether on active duty or in the Reserves or National Guard, are the most important assets in our military arsenal. They and their families must have the pay, health care, housing, education and overall support they need. . . . (see comment)2018.05.155. Examine the needs of homeless veterans in Texas. Examine obstacles veterans may face finding housing across the state. Recommend measures to bolster the state's efforts to address veteran homelessness in Texas.Roland Gutierrez (D)
Vice: Cesar Blanco (D)
Rep. Briscoe Cain
Rep. Dan Flynn
Rep. Stan Lambert
Rep. Terry M. Wilson
2017-12-212018.05.15 - 2pmhttps://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C3052018051514001.HTM2018.05.15 - 2pmhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C305HOUSE: Defense & Veterans’ Affairs
HouseHOUSE: Defense & Veterans’ AffairsReturning Veterans / aviation, aerospace, defense manufacturing industry#238 We support the accommodation and reintegration of our troops once their military commitment has expired. Returning veterans must have access to educational benefits, job training, and a wide variety of employment options.TBD as of 2018.01.234. Study the economic impact of the aviation, aerospace, & defense manufacturing industry in Texas and the state's ability to facilitate industry job growth and investment. Review the relationship between the economic vitality of industry and military veterans transitioning into the workforce. Determine existing and potential barriers to the retention and expansion of the manufacturing industry in the state and the broader economic implications it may have on workforce readiness, as well as veteran employment and support services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development)Roland Gutierrez (D)
Vice: Cesar Blanco (D)
Rep. Briscoe Cain
Rep. Dan Flynn
Rep. Stan Lambert
Rep. Terry M. Wilson
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C305HOUSE: Defense & Veterans’ Affairs
HouseHOUSE: Economic & Small Business DevelopmentSpecial Funds#190 We urge the Texas legislature to abolish the Event Trust Funds and the Texas Enterprise Fund.TBD as of 2018.01.234. Analyze current data on the distribution of state economic development incentives across the state. Identify advantages or qualities, if any, possessed by the regions frequently awarded state incentives. Accordingly, identify resources available to underserved regions to increase awareness or utilization of incentives.Angie Chen Button (R)
Vice: Hubert Vo (D)
Rep. Earnest Bailes
Rep. Angie Chen Button (C)
Rep. Jeff Leach
Rep. Will Metcalf
Rep. Jason Villalba
2017-12-212018.04.12 - RICHARDSONhttp://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2352018041210001.HTM2018.04.12 - RICHARDSONhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C235HOUSE: Economic & Small Business Development
HouseHOUSE: Economic & Small Business DevelopmentHigh-growth, high-tech start-ups. Sandbox regulatory approach.#194 Telecommunications Investment- We support removal of regulatory roadblocks to greater investment in telecommunications infrastructureTBD as of 2018.01.232. Study the state's effectiveness in developing and growing high-growth, high-tech start-ups. Review current regulations and determine if barriers exist that potentially impede investment and growth. Evaluate the concept of a "sandbox" as a regulatory approach for enabling innovation and the feasibility of implementing such an approach in Texas.Angie Chen Button (R)
Vice: Hubert Vo (D)
Rep. Earnest Bailes
Rep. Angie Chen Button (C)
Rep. Jeff Leach
Rep. Will Metcalf
Rep. Jason Villalba
2017-12-212018.04.12 - RICHARDSONhttp://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2352018041210001.HTM2018.04.12 - RICHARDSONhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C235HOUSE: Economic & Small Business Development
HouseHOUSE: Economic & Small Business DevelopmentReturning Veterans / aviation, aerospace, defense manufacturing industry#238 We support the accommodation and reintegration of our troops once their military commitment has expired. Returning veterans must have access to educational benefits, job training, and a wide variety of employment options.2018.05.155. Study the economic impact of the aviation, aerospace, & defense manufacturing industry in Texas and the state's ability to facilitate industry job growth and investment. Review the relationship between the economic vitality of industry and military veterans transitioning into the workforce. Determine existing and potential barriers to the retention and expansion of the manufacturing industry in the state and the broader economic implications it may have on workforce readiness, as well as veteran employment and support services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs)Angie Chen Button (R)
Vice: Hubert Vo (D)
Rep. Earnest Bailes
Rep. Angie Chen Button (C)
Rep. Jeff Leach
Rep. Will Metcalf
Rep. Jason Villalba
2017-12-212018.05.15https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2352018051510001.HTM2018.05.15http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C280#REF!
HouseHOUSE: ElectionsElection Integrity#59 Fair Election Procedures- We support modifications and the strengthening of election laws to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections. . . . (see comment for full plank)

#60 We support restoring integrity to the voter registration rolls and reducing voter fraud. We support the repeal of all motor voter laws, re-registering voters every four years, requiring photo ID of all registrants, proof of residency and citizenship, along with voter registration application, retention of the 30-day registration deadline, and requiring that a list of certified deaths be provided to the Secretary of State in order that the names of deceased voters be removed from the list of registered voters.
TBD as of 2018.01.232. Study the efficiency and security of the state’s existing election protocols and systems, including but not limited to registration and early voting procedures, ballot styles, and the rules regarding time and location of polls. Identify available processes and options which could lead to increased voter participation and election integrity.Jodie Laubenberg (R)
Vice: Celia Israel (D)
Rep. Rodney Anderson
Rep. Pat Fallon
Rep. Lyle Larson
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (C)
Rep. Valoree Swanson
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C240HOUSE: Elections
HouseHOUSE: Energy Resourceseconomic impact / reactivating non-producing oil & gas wells#214 Removal of Government Barriers- We support free market solutions and immediate removal of government barriers to the production and distribution of energy including restrictions on . . . (see comment for full plank)TBD as of 2018.01.233. Examine whether current statutes are adequate to encourage reactivation of non-producing oil and gas wells. Consider the potential economic impact of programs designed to reactivate nonproducing oil and gas wells.Drew Darby (R)
Vice: Doc Anderson (R)
Rep. Greg Bonnen
Rep. Travis Clardy
Rep. Tom Craddick
Rep. Jason Isaac
Rep. Phil King
Rep. Stan Lambert
Rep. Brooks Landgraf
Rep. Leighton Schubert
Rep. Drew Darby (C)
Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson (VC)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C250HOUSE: Energy Resources
HouseHOUSE: Energy ResourcesRoads in Oil and Gas Producing Counties#215 Counties with oil and gas production should receive a portion of the production taxes the state collects so that the road system can be maintained for the dual purpose of accommodating the needs of the industry and providing adequate public safety.2017.12.12

Midland

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2502017121214001.HTM
6. Evaluate the impact energy exploration and production have on state and county roads and make recommendations on how to improve road quality in areas impacted by these activities. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Transportation)Drew Darby (R)
Vice: Doc Anderson (R)
Rep. Greg Bonnen
Rep. Travis Clardy
Rep. Tom Craddick
Rep. Jason Isaac
Rep. Phil King
Rep. Stan Lambert
Rep. Brooks Landgraf
Rep. Leighton Schubert
Rep. Drew Darby (C)
Rep. Charles "Doc" Anderson (VC)
2017-12-212017.12.12 - MIDLANDhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2502017121214001.HTM2017.12.12 - MIDLANDhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C250HOUSE: Energy Resources
HouseHOUSE: General Investigating & EthicsConflicts of Interest for public officers & employees#72 We support legislation prohibiting influencing or voting of any elected official or appointee where a conflict of interest exists. No such official should represent paying clients before a state agency.TBD as of 2018.01.232. Review conflict of interest laws governing public officers and employees to ensure that such laws are adequate to maintain the public’s confidence in government decision-making. Review personal financial statement requirements to ensure that the public has sufficient information on the private financial interests of public officers.Sarah Davis (R)
Vice: Joe Moody (D)
Rep. Giovanni Capriglione
Rep. Four Price
Rep. Hugh Shine
Rep. Sarah Davis (C)
2017-12-21HOUSE: General Investigating & Ethics
HouseHOUSE: Government Transparency & OperationsPublic Posting / government transparency & accountability#179: We support statewide, local taxing entities, and government entities compiling and publicly posting their current debt, future obligations, financial statements, and local government contracts on their official websites.2018.03.27 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2852018032710001.HTM4. Evaluate whether, in light of recent Texas Supreme Court rulings, the provisions of the Public Information Act are adequate to support transparency and accountability in government, particularly as it relates to government contracting and procurement.Gary Elkins (R)
Giovanni Capriglione (R)
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Matt Shaheen
Rep. Tony Tinderholt
Gary Elkins (C)
Giovanni Capriglione (VC)
2017-12-212018.03.27http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2852018032710001.HTM2018.03.27http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C285HOUSE: Government Transparency & Operations
HouseHOUSE: Government Transparency & OperationsPublic Posting / increasing transparency#179: We support statewide, local taxing entities, and government entities compiling and publicly posting their current debt, future obligations, financial statements, and local government contracts on their official websites.2018.03.27 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2852018032710001.HTM5. Study how state agencies can share knowledge and practices, reduce duplicative data gathering, and conduct business in a more efficient manner through interagency data sharing. Review best practices to provide the public with more transparency and access to government information.Gary Elkins (R)
Giovanni Capriglione (R)
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Matt Shaheen
Rep. Tony Tinderholt
Gary Elkins (C)
Giovanni Capriglione (VC)
2017-12-212018.03.27http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2852018032710001.HTM2018.03.27http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C285HOUSE: Government Transparency & Operations
HouseHOUSE: Government Transparency & OperationsGovernment Authority / open meeting laws#181: We believe any government authority that has the ability to level a tax or fee on the people should be accountable to those who pay the taxes via the electoral process from the local level to the federal level2018.03.27 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2852018032710001.HTM3. Review Texas’ open meeting laws and related government decision-making policies. Determine if the formal processes prevented the efficient delivery of assistance during Hurricane Harvey. Make recommendations on maintaining the current standards of accountability without limiting government-provided aid during disaster events.Gary Elkins (R)
Giovanni Capriglione (R)
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Matt Shaheen
Rep. Tony Tinderholt
Gary Elkins (C)
Giovanni Capriglione (VC)
2017-12-212018.03.27http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C2852018032710001.HTM2018.03.27http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C285HOUSE: Government Transparency & Operations
HouseHOUSE: Homeland Security & Public SafetyRight to Keep and Bear Guns#149: Right to Keep and Bear Arms- We strongly oppose all laws that infringe on the right to bear arms. (see comment for fulll plank)2018.02.01 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4202018020109301.HTM4. Monitor the implementation of gun legislation passed by the 85th Legislature.Phil King (R)
Vice: Poncho Neverez
Rep. Justin Holland
Rep. Will Metcalf
Rep. Matt Schaefer
Rep. John Wray
Phil King (C)
2017-12-212018.02.01 - Tylerhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4202018020109301.HTM2018.02.01 - Tylerhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C420HOUSE: Homeland Security & Public Safety
HouseHOUSE: Homeland Security & Public SafetyHuman Trafficking#83: We adamantly oppose any form of human trafficking.2018.02.01 http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4202018020109301.HTM2. Review and evaluate the impact of DPS operations near the Texas-Mexico border on organized crime. Review organized crime convictions, including human trafficking convictions, collaboration with federal authorities, collaboration with federal and local prosecutors, and other relevant crime statistics and research related to organized crime intervention.Phil King (R)
Vice: Poncho Neverez
Rep. Justin Holland
Rep. Will Metcalf
Rep. Matt Schaefer
Rep. John Wray
Phil King (C)
2017-12-212018.02.01 - Tylerhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4202018020109301.HTM2018.02.01 - Tylerhttp://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C420HOUSE: Homeland Security & Public Safety
HouseHOUSE: House AdministrationRight to Keep and Bear Arms / Capitol & grounds#149: Right to Keep and Bear Arms- We strongly oppose all laws that infringe on the right to bear arms. . . . We call for the elimination of all gun free zones. . . . (see comment for full plank) TBD as of 2018.01.232. Monitor security operations for the Capitol and Capitol grounds and identify any needed improvements.Charlie Geren (R)
Gary VanDeaver (R)
Rep. John Cyrier
Rep. Craig Goldman
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. John Raney
Rep. Leighton Schubert
Charlie Geren (C)
Gary VanDeaver (VC)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C300HOUSE: House Administration
HouseHOUSE: Human ServicesAdoption / services available to children & families / trauma-informed care#104: We support reducing the time, bureaucracy, and cost of adoption. We oppose mandates that deny mothers a choice in selecting a traditional home for their children. We oppose mandatory open adoption. We oppose any government agency from forcing faith-based adoption or foster care organizations to place children with same-sex couples.TBD as of 2018.01.234. Review the availability of prevention and early intervention programs and determine their effectiveness in reducing maltreatment of children. In addition, review services available to children emancipating out of foster care, as well as services available to families post-adoption. Determine if current services are adequately providing for children's needs and meeting the objectives of the programs. While reviewing possible system improvements for children, follow the work of the Supreme Court of Texas Children's Commissions' Statewide Collaborative of Trauma-Informed Care to determine how trauma-informed care impacts outcomes for children.Richard Pena Raymond (D)
James Frank (R)
Rep. Mark Keough
Rep. Stephanie Klick
Rep. Rick Miller
Rep. Valoree Swanson
Rep. James Frank (VC)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C310HOUSE: Human Services
HouseHOUSE: InsuranceHealth Care Choice / surprise medical billing#114: We urge the passage of health care reform which results in more affordable healthcare through a market-based, competitive, and transparent health care system, including tort reform, interstate competition, health savings accounts, genuine accountability and oversight.2017.12.06

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5. Evaluate recent efforts by the Legislature and the Texas Department of Insurance to minimize instances of surprise medical billing and to ensure the adequacy of health insurance networks. Identify instances in which surprise billing most often occurs and ways to decrease its frequency through enhanced transparency or other methods.Larry Phillips (R)
Sergio Munoz (D)
Rep. Rodney Anderson
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. Dennis Paul
Rep. Scott Sanford
Larry Phillips (C)
n/a (too late)2017.12.06http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C3202017120609001.HTM2017.12.06http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C320HOUSE: Insurance
HouseHOUSE: InsuranceHealth Care Choice / transparency#114: We urge the passage of health care reform which results in more affordable healthcare through a market-based, competitive, and transparent health care system, including tort reform, interstate competition, health savings accounts, genuine accountability and oversight.2017.12.06

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7. Evaluate recent efforts in Texas and in other states to enhance transparency regarding the practices of pharmacy benefit managers.Larry Phillips (R)
Sergio Munoz (D)
Rep. Rodney Anderson
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. Dennis Paul
Rep. Scott Sanford
Larry Phillips (C)
n/a (too late)2017.12.06http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C3202017120609001.HTM2017.12.06http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C320HOUSE: Insurance
HouseHOUSE: InsuranceFree Market for Utilities and Insurance / Texas Windstorm Insurance Association#202: We encourage free market solutions for providing utilities whenever possible. We support that all types of insurance rates, to include (but not limited to) health, life, title, auto, and homeowners insurance should be set through free-market forces alone. We support efforts to shrink the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to reduce the liabilities it imposes on state taxpayers.TBD as of 2018.01.231. Examine the effect of Hurricane Harvey on the insurance market in Texas. Include an evaluation of the status of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and Texas FAIR Plan Association, and of the impact of Harvey on the ability of these residual markets to achieve their statutory goals and meet the needs of their policyholders. Examine possible gaps and vulnerabilities in insurance coverage brought to light by Harvey and recommend ways to address these issues.Larry Phillips (R)
Sergio Munoz (D)
Rep. Rodney Anderson
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. Dennis Paul
Rep. Scott Sanford
Larry Phillips (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C320HOUSE: Insurance
HouseHOUSE: InsuranceFree Market for Utilities and Insurance / homeowner insurance#202: We encourage free market solutions for providing utilities whenever possible. We support that all types of insurance rates, to include (but not limited to) health, life, title, auto, and homeowners insurance should be set through free-market forces alone. We support efforts to shrink the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to reduce the liabilities it imposes on state taxpayers.TBD as of 2018.01.232. Study the coverage provided by the most common homeowners’ insurance policy forms in Texas, and methods to provide more clarity to Texas consumers about this coverage and the possible need for endorsements or other types of insurance.Larry Phillips (R)
Sergio Munoz (D)
Rep. Rodney Anderson
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. Dennis Paul
Rep. Scott Sanford
Larry Phillips (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C320HOUSE: Insurance
HouseHOUSE: InsuranceFree Market for Utilities and Insurance / auto insurance#202: We encourage free market solutions for providing utilities whenever possible. We support that all types of insurance rates, to include (but not limited to) health, life, title, auto, and homeowners insurance should be set through free-market forces alone. We support efforts to shrink the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to reduce the liabilities it imposes on state taxpayers.TBD as of 2018.01.238. Review Texas’ financial responsibility laws for automobile insurance, including the minimum liability limits required by state law.Larry Phillips (R)
Sergio Munoz (D)
Rep. Rodney Anderson
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. Dennis Paul
Rep. Scott Sanford
Larry Phillips (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C320HOUSE: Insurance
HouseHOUSE: Land & Resource ManagementProperty Rights / local & state zoning#37: Property ownership and free enterprise, the foundation of our collective wealth, must not be abridged nor denied by government. (see comment for full plank)TBD as of 2018.01.232. Review local and state zoning and land use regulations. Determine if current rules provide an adequate balance of disaster preparedness and deference to private property rights.Abel Herrero (D)
Cecil Bell (R)
Rep. Ernest Bailes
Rep. Wayne Faircloth
Rep. Matt Krause
Rep. Lynn Stucky
Cecil Bell (VC)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C360HOUSE: Land & Resource Management
HouseHOUSE: Licensing & Administrative ProceduresLicensing / monitor effectiveness & efficiency of occupational licensing#204: Review of Licensing Boards- We call upon the Texas Legislature to review all business / professional licensing programs and associated licensing for boards for the purpose of abolishing as many as reasonably possible and repealing those laws, rules, and regulations that exist merely to generate revenue from the licensing processTBD as of 2018.01.234. Monitor the statutory changes enacted through S.B. 951 (85R), the Committee's omnibus deregulation omnibus bill. In particular, monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's (TDLR) role in regulating the applicable occupations and activities including but not limited to Vehicle Protection Product businesses, Temporary Common Worker Employers, For-Profit Legal Service Contract Companies, Barbering and Cosmetology, and Vehicle Booting and Towing Operators. Review TDLR's current strategic planning efforts and the potential recommendations for occupations and activities which may undergo regulation changes in the future.John Kuempel (R)
Ryan Guillen (D)
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Craig Goldman
Rep. Chris Paddie
John Kuempel (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C350HOUSE: Licensing & Administrative Procedures
HouseHOUSE: Natural ResourcesProperty Rights / groundwater policy#37: Property ownership and free enterprise, the foundation of our collective wealth, must not be abridged nor denied by government. (see comment for full plank)TBD as of 2018.01.233. Evaluate the status of groundwater policy in Texas, including the following issues: (see comment)Lyle Larson (R)
Dade Phelen (R)
Rep. Trent Ashby
Rep. James Frank
Rep. Kyle J. Kacal
Rep. Four Price
Rep. Paul Workman
Lyle Larson (C)
Dade Phelen (VC)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C390HOUSE: Natural Resources
HouseHOUSE: Public EducationForeign Culture Charter Schools#123: Charter schools should have accountability and transparency to local parents, taxpayers, and the State of Texas, as do current public schools, including United States citizenship of public school trustees. We oppose public funding of charter schools which receive money from foreign entities.TBD as of 2018.01.237. Review the charter school system in Texas. Determine if changes are needed in ... (see comment)Dan Huberty (R)
Diego Bernal (D)
Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Ken King
Rep. Linda Koop
Rep. Morgan Meyer
Rep. Gary VanDeaver
Dan Huberty (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C400HOUSE: Public Education
HouseHOUSE: Public HealthHealth Care / rural & underserved areas#111: Health care decisions, including routine preventative care such as immunizations, should be between a patient and health care professional and should be protected from government intrusion. Abortion is not healthcare. Government has no right to mandate specific medical procedures or methods of healthcare.TBD as of 2018.01.235. Review opportunities to improve population health and health care delivery in rural and urban medically underserved areas. Identify potential opportunities to improve access to care, including the role of telemedicine. In the review, identify the challenges facing rural hospitals and the impact of rural hospital closures.Four Price (R)
J.D. Sheffield (R)

Rep. Cindy Burkett
Rep. Stephanie Klick
Rep. Tom Oliverson
Rep. Bill Zedler
"Four Price (C)
J.D. Sheffield (VC)"
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C410HOUSE: Public Health
HouseHOUSE: Special Purpose DistrictsManagement Districts / dissolving#191: We oppose the creation of management or special purpose districts with the authority to impose taxes and bond debt and oppose the use of eminent domain by these districts.2017.11.30

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3. Investigate the feasibility of dissolving special purpose districts and determine if there are criteria that would make dissolution acceptable. Make recommendations for codifying the dissolution requirements and procedures.Jim Murphy (R)
Mary Ann Perez (D)
2017.11.30http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4482017113013001.HTM2017.11.30http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C448HOUSE: Special Purpose Districts
HouseHOUSE: Special Purpose DistrictsManagement Districts / creation#191: We oppose the creation of management or special purpose districts with the authority to impose taxes and bond debt and oppose the use of eminent domain by these districts.2017.12.01

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4. Identify best practices in the creation of municipal management districts. Study the feasibility of and make recommendations for creating standard language for the creation of municipal management districts through special law.Jim Murphy (R)
Mary Ann Perez (D)
2017.12.01http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4482017120109001.HTM2017.12.01http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C448HOUSE: Special Purpose Districts
HouseHOUSE: Special Purpose DistrictsProperty Rights / water district bonds#37: Property ownership and free enterprise, the foundation of our collective wealth, must not be abridged nor denied by government. . . (see comment for full plank)2017.11.30

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2. Review the statutes and procedures related to state approval and oversight of water district bonds that finance utility, infrastructure, and other projects. Identify opportunities for improving the state's oversight of bond issuance and make recommendations for statutory changes.Jim Murphy (R)
Mary Ann Perez (D)
2017.11.30http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4482017113013001.HTM2017.11.30http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C448HOUSE: Special Purpose Districts
HouseHOUSE: TransporationTransportation funding#210: Transportation and Fuel Taxes- We call for all transportation and fuel taxes collected to be used for road construction, improvement, and maintenance only. We resolve that tax revenue derived from gasoline taxes and all other taxes/fees on our vehicles (including vehicle sales tax) should only be used for highway construction, and not be diverted to any other use, including mass transit, rail, restrictive lanes, and bicycle paths.
#212: Toll Road Funding- We oppose the use of taxpayer money to subsidize, guarantee, prop-up, or bail out any toll projects, whether public or private, and we call upon both state and federal lawmakers to adequately fund our highways without hidden taxes, tolls, or raiding emergency funds.
#231: Diversion of Property Taxes- We oppose the diversion of property taxes to build, subsidize, and/or guarantee the loans of toll projects, which is primarily being done through transportation reinvestment zones. The State needs to properly fund the Texas State highway system to prevent the use of local property taxes being diverted to state roads.
2018.04.183. Study the efficacy of existing transportation finance mechanisms from state, regional, and local perspectives. Identify opportunities to improve existing transportation finance mechanisms and investigate the feasibility of developing new ones.Geanie Morrison (R)
Armando Martinez (D)
Rep. Cindy Burkett
Rep. Craig Goldman
Rep. Larry Phillips
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Ed Thompson
Rep. John Wray
Geanie Morrison (C)
2017-12-212018.04.18https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/85R/schedules/html/C4702018041809001.HTM2018.04.18http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C470HOUSE: Transporation
HouseHOUSE: TransporationToll Roads / toll authority transparency#211: Toll Roads- We believe that tolls should come off the road when the debt is retired, and if the debt is ever restructured or refinanced, the pay-off date needs to remain the same or receive voter approval in order to extend the toll tax longer. Maintenance should then revert to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). We oppose public-private partnerships, specifically regarding toll projects. We oppose conversion of existing roads or lanes to toll roads.TBD as of 2018.01.234. Study Texas' various toll authorities and evaluate their transparency and stakeholder responsiveness. Make recommendations to improve the state oversight of toll authorities.Geanie Morrison (R)
Armando Martinez (D)
Rep. Cindy Burkett
Rep. Craig Goldman
Rep. Larry Phillips
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Ed Thompson
Rep. John Wray
Geanie Morrison (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C470HOUSE: Transporation
HouseHOUSE: TransporationRoads in Oil and Gas Producing Counties#215: Counties with oil and gas production should receive a portion of the production taxes the state collects so that the road system can be maintained for the dual purpose of accommodating the needs of the industry and providing adequate public safety.TBD as of 2018.01.238. Evaluate the impact energy exploration and production have on state and county roads and make recommendations on how to improve road quality in areas impacted by these activities. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Energy Resources)Geanie Morrison (R)
Armando Martinez (D)
Rep. Cindy Burkett
Rep. Craig Goldman
Rep. Larry Phillips
Rep. Ron Simmons
Rep. Ed Thompson
Rep. John Wray
Geanie Morrison (C)
2017-12-21http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C470HOUSE: Transporation
HouseHOUSE: Urban Affairsgovernment oversight of buildings of historical significance#78: We call upon governmental entities to protect all symbols of our American and Texan heritage. (see comment for full plank)TBD as of 2018.01.235. Examine local government oversight of abandoned and substandard buildings, including buildings of historical significance. Identify ways to best address these issues in an efficient and effective manner.Carol Alvarado (D)
Jeff Leach (R)
Rep. Gary Elkins
Rep. Jason Isaac
Rep. Bill Zedler
Jeff Leach (VC)
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C480HOUSE: Urban Affairs
HouseHOUSE: Ways & MeansFranchise Tax#175:Tax Burden- We in the Republican Party of Texas believe in the principles of constitutionally limited government based on Federalist principles.. . . (see comment)TBD as of 2018.01.233. Review the franchise tax and identify any changes that would improve the state’s business climate.Dennis Bonnen (R)
Yvonne Davis (D)
Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Rep. Drew Darby
Rep. Jim Murphy
Rep. Andrew S. Murr
Rep. Hugh Shine
Rep. Drew Springer
Rep. Phil Stephenson
Dennis Bonnen (C)
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C490HOUSE: Ways & Means
HouseHOUSE: Ways & MeansProperty TaxPriority #5: And to replace the property tax system with an alternative other than the income tax and require voter approval to increase the overall tax burden.
#175:Tax Burden- . . . We believe the most equitable system of taxation is one based on consumption and wish to see reforms towards that end at all levels of government Furthermore, we believe that the borrower truly is a slave to the lender, and so long as we continue to increase our tax and debt burdens we will never be a truly free people. Towards these ends, we support the reformation of the current systems of taxation at all levels of government: federal, state, and local. Examples of these reforms include the following . . . . Abolishing property taxes, but in the interim, property taxes should be paid on the price of the property when it was initially purchased . . .
TBD as of 2018.01.232. Review the property tax system and identify improvements relating to: a. Transparency and communications with taxpayers; b. The tax-rate-setting process; c. The training and expertise required of appraisal review board members; d. Appraisal review board composition, structure, and process; and e. Appeals of appraisal review board orders.Dennis Bonnen (R)
Yvonne Davis (D)
Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Rep. Drew Darby
Rep. Jim Murphy
Rep. Andrew S. Murr
Rep. Hugh Shine
Rep. Drew Springer
Rep. Phil Stephenson
Dennis Bonnen (C)
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Committees/MembershipCmte.aspx?LegSess=851&Chamber=H&CmteCode=C490HOUSE: Ways & Means
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