Special Purpose Districts Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The Special Purpose Districts 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 nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • the creation of any special purpose district not otherwise assigned by these rules to other standing committees, including a crime control and prevention district, library district, public improvement district, municipal management district, municipal development district, irrigation district, water improvement district, water control and improvement district, river authority, or navigation district; and
  • any other local government special purpose district authorized or created under law that as the result of its creation may levy or impose a tax, assessment, or fee for a special purpose.[4][5]


2015 legislative session

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

Special Purpose Districts Members, 2015
Democratic members (2)Republican members (5)
Carol Alvarado, Vice-ChairDoug Miller (Texas), Chair
Trey Martinez FischerWayne Faircloth
Pat Fallon
Jonathan Stickland
Bill Zedler


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

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