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Senate Committees

The Ways & Means 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

The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over:
  • all bills and resolutions proposing to raise state revenue;
  • all bills or resolutions proposing to levy state taxes or other fees;
  • all proposals to modify, amend, or change any existing state tax or revenue statute;
  • all proposals to regulate the manner of collection of state revenues and taxes;
  • all bills and resolutions containing provisions resulting in automatic allocation of funds from the state treasury;
  • all bills and resolutions diverting funds from the state treasury or preventing funds from going in that otherwise would be placed in the state treasury;
  • all bills and resolutions proposing to permit a local government to raise revenue;
  • all bills and resolutions proposing to permit a local government to levy or impose property taxes, sales and use taxes, or other taxes and fees;
  • all proposals to modify, amend, or change any existing local government tax or revenue statute;
  • all proposals to regulate the manner of collection of local government revenues and taxes;
  • all bills and resolutions relating to the appraisal of property for taxation;
  • all bills and resolutions relating to the Tax Code; and
  • the following state agencies: the Office of Multistate Tax Compact

Commissioner for Texas and the State Comptroller of Public Accounts.[4][5]

Membership

2013-2014

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

Ways & Means Members, 2013
Democratic members (4)Republican members (5)
Craig EilandHarvey Hilderbran, Chair
Naomi GonzalezJohn Otto, Vice-chair
Trey Martinez FischerDwayne Bohac
Mark StramaAngie Chen Button
Allan Ritter

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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