Committees and Appointments

The State Affairs Committee

The State Affairs Committee having jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:

  • Questions and matters of state policy.
  • The administration of state government.
  • The organization, operation, powers regulation and management of state departments, agencies, and institutions.
  • The operation and regulation of public lands and state buildings.
  • The duties and conduct of officers and employees of the state government.
  • The operation of state government and its agencies and departments; all of above except where jurisdiction is specifically granted to some other standing committee.
  • Access of the state agencies to scientific and technological information.
  • The regulation and deregulation of electric utilities and the electric industry.
  • The regulation and deregulation of telecommunications utilities and the telecommunications industry.
  • Electric utility regulation as it relates to energy production and consumption.
  • Pipelines, pipeline companies, and all others operating as common carriers in the state.
  • The regulation and deregulation of other industries jurisdiction of which is not specifically assigned to another committee under these rules; and
  • The following state agencies: the Council of State Governments, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Office of the Governor, the Texas Facilities Commission, the Department of Information Resources, the Inaugural Endowment Fund Committee, the Sunset Advisory Commission, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and the Office of Public Utility Counsel.

The House Administration Committee

The committee shall have 11 members, with jurisdiction over:

  • The general house fund, with full control over all expenditures from the fund
  • All property, equipment, and supplies obtained by the house for its use and the use of its members;
  • All office space available for the use of the house and its members;
  • The assignment of vacant office space, vacant parking spaces, and vacant desks on the house floor to members with seniority based on cumulative years of service in the house, except that the committee may make these assignments based on physical disability of a member where it deems proper;
  • All admissions to the floor during sessions of the house;
  • All proposals to invite nonmembers to appear before or address the house or a joint session;
  • All radio broadcasting and televising, live or recorded, of sessions of the house;
  • The electronic recording of the proceedings of the house of representatives and the custody of the recordings of testimony before house committees, with authority to promulgate reasonable rules, regulations, and conditions concerning the safekeeping, reproducing, and transcribing of the recordings, and the defraying of costs for transcribing the recordings, subject to other provisions of these rules;
  • All witnesses appearing before the house or any committee thereof in support of or in opposition to any pending legislative proposal; and
  • The following state agency: the State Preservation Board.
  • The committee must vote to adopt the annual budget for each house department.

The Calendars Committee

  • The committee shall have 15 members, with jurisdiction over:
  • The placement of bills and resolutions on appropriate calendars, except those within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules and Resolutions;
  • The determination of priorities and proposal of rules for floor consideration of such bills and resolutions; and
  • All other matters concerning the calendar system and the expediting of the business of the house as may be assigned by the speaker.

The Pensions Committee

The committee shall have seven members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:

  • Benefits or participation in benefits of a public retirement system and the financial obligations of a public retirement system; and
  • The following state agencies: the Office of Fire Fighters' Pension Commissioner, the Board of Trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the Board of Trustees of the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the Board of Trustees of the Texas County and District Retirement System, the Board of Trustees of the Texas Municipal Retirement System, and the State Pension Review Board.