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Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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The Culture, Recreation, & Tourism 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


The committee shall have seven members, with jurisdiction over:
  • the creation, operation, and control of state parks, including the development, maintenance, and operation of state parks in connection with the sales and use tax imposed on sporting goods, but not including any matter within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Appropriations;
  • the regulation and control of the propagation and preservation of wildlife and fish in the state;
  • the development and regulation of the fish and oyster industries of the state;
  • hunting and fishing in the state, and the regulation and control thereof, including the imposition of fees, fines, and penalties relating to that regulation;
  • the regulation of other recreational activities;
  • cultural resources and their promotion, development, and regulation;
  • historical resources and their promotion, development, and regulation;
  • promotion and development of Texas’ image and heritage;
  • preservation and protection of Texas’ shrines, monuments, and memorials;
  • international and interstate tourist promotion and development;
  • the Texas Economic Development and Tourism Office as it relates to the subject-matter jurisdiction of this committee;
  • the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Compact; and
  • the following state agencies: the Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the State Cemetery Committee, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Texas Historical Commission, the State Preservation Board, the San Jacinto Historical Advisory Board, and an office of state government to the extent the office promotes the Texas music industry.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2015 legislative session.

Culture, Recreation, & Tourism Members, 2015
Democratic members (3)Republican members (4)
Ryan Guillen, ChairJohn Frullo
Dawnna Dukes, Vice-ChairLyle Larson
Marisa MarquezAndrew Murr
Wayne Smith (Texas)


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


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


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

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