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86th Texas Legislature Committees Have Been Announced

The committee rosters have been announced for the 86th Texas Legislature. The committees are where the real heavy lifting of the session gets done, so we take a keen interest in which lawmakers land on the committees most of interest to child protection. If you live in the district of one of these lawmakers, you have an amplified voice in shaping legislation.

The budget will be shaped by these two committees:

Senate Committee on Finance: Jane Nelson (Chair), Juan "Chuy Hinojosa (Vice-Chair), Paul Bettencourt, Brian Birdwell, Donna Campbell, Pete Flores, Kelly Hancock, Joan Huffman, Lois Kolkhorst, Robert Nichols, Charles Perry, Larry Taylor, Kirk Watson, Royce West, John Whitmire

House Committee on Appropriations: John Zerwas (Chair), Oscar Longoria (Vice-Chair), Greg Bonnen, Sarah Davis, Mary Gonzalez, Donna Howard, Rick Miller, Sergio Munoz Jr., Toni Rose, Matt Schaefer, J.D. Sheffield, Gene Wu, Cecil Bell, Brad Buckley, Giovanni Capriglione, Philip Cortez, Cole Hefner, Jarvis Johnson, Ina Minjarez, Carl Sherman Sr., Reginald "Reggie" Smith, Lynn Stucky, Steve Toth, John Turner, Gary VanDeaver, Armando Walle, Terry Wilson

And these committees are especially important to child protection legislation:

Senate Committee on Health & Human Services: Lois Kolkhorst (Chair), Charles Perry, (Vice-Chair), Dawn Buckingham, Donna Campbell, Peter Flores, Nathan Johnson, Borris Miles, Beverly Powell, Kel Seliger

House Committee on Human Services: James Frank (Chair), Gina Hinojosa (Vice-Chair), Stephanie Klick, Thresa "Terry" Meza, Travis Clardy, Joe Deshotel, Rick Miller, Candy Noble, Toni Rose

House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues: Harold Dutton (Chair), Andrew Murr (Vice-Chair), Gina Calanni, James Talarico, Rhetta Bowers, John Cyrier, Jay Dean, Hugh Shine

House Committee on Public Health: Senfronia Thompson (Chair), John Wray (Vice-Chair), Garnet Coleman, R.D. "Bobby" Guerra, Eddie Lucio III, William "Bill" Zedler, Steve Allison, James Frank, Evelina "Lina" Ortega, Four Price, J.D. Sheffield

And the Calendars Committee decides the order in which bills make it to the floor for debate and final passage in the House:

House Committee on Calendars: Four Price (Chair), Joseph Moody (Vice-Chair), Joe Deshotel, John Frullo, Craig Goldman, Oscar Longoria, Will Metcalf, Tom Oliverson, Eddie Rodriguez, Toni Rose, John Wray

Posted on January 24, 2019.

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