One of my favorite things to do around this time of year is attend as many of our county fairs and youth livestock shows as possible. As the son of a dairy farmer, I’ve been involved with raising and showing animals since before I could even walk. Some of my fondest memories as a young man were made riding shotgun in the seat of a farm truck as we eagerly made our way to the next show, and it truly warms my heart to see so many young people continue to be involved in this type of activity. A tip of the hat to all the parents, grandparents, advisors and all those who support these fine young folks. With that, here’s an update from your State Capitol . . .
House Interim Charge: State Affairs
This week’s stop on our tour of interim charges for committees of the Texas House of Representatives brings us to the State Affairs Committee. State Affairs is comprised of thirteen members who typically have several years of legislative experience under their belt before serving on this panel. The committee handles policies pertaining to some of our state’s most critical issues. From the regulation of electric and telecommunication industries, to policy surrounding pipelines, all the way to the consideration of pro-life legislation, this committee hears it all.
As you can imagine, their interim will be quite busy. Similar to other committees, however, they will spend a fair amount of time examining the state’s response to natural disasters. More specifically, the State Affairs Committee will examine whether current state policies are appropriate and up-to-date as it concerns how to best generate power and get electricity back to affected areas. As the summer presents itself, the committee will study the issue from many different angles, including how cutting edge technology could benefit the state and how wholesale electric prices impact rate payers.
After a deep dive into electric power generation, the committee will then turn its focus to other items, such as what policies the state could implement to get broadband access to more rural areas where it isn’t currently available. This is an incredibly important issue for me, as I know that small businesses, school districts, and households in more rural areas of the state could greatly benefit from high-speed broadband access.
The mobile office is on the road for the month of May and looks forward to seeing you in the following locations, on the following dates: on May 2nd in Centerville at the Leon County Courthouse from 9:00-11:00am, or in Madisonville at the Madison County Courthouse Annex from 1:30-3:30pm; on May 16th in Crockett at the Houston County Courthouse Annex from 9:00-11:00am, or in Groveton at the Trinity County Courthouse from 1:30-3:30pm; finally, on May 23rd in San Augustine at the San Augustine County Courthouse from 9:00-11:00am.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can help you in any way. Our district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762, or you can call my Capitol office at (512) 463-0508.