County Affairs Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The County Affairs Committee is a standing committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Texas House of Representatives are assigned half by seniority and half by the Speaker of the House. Representatives select three committees they wish to serve on, and half of a committee's seats are filled in this manner based on seniority. In the case of equal seniority, the Speaker decides the seat. Once half of each committee is selected through this method, the Speaker appoints the rest of the committees.[1] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules

Function

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • counties, including their organization, creation, boundaries, government, and finance and the compensation and duties of their officers and employees;
  • establishing districts for the election of governing bodies of counties;
  • regional councils of governments;
  • multicounty boards or commissions;
  • relationships or contracts between counties;
  • other units of local government; and
  • the following state agency: the Commission on Jail Standards.[4]

Membership

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

County Affairs Members, 2013
Democratic members (4)Republican members (5)
Garnet Coleman, ChairTodd Hunter
Joe Farias, Vice-chairLois Kolkhorst
Mary E. GonzalezMatt Krause
Ana HernandezDavid Simpson
Jonathan Stickland

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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