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Insurance Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The Insurance 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 matters pertaining to:
  • insurance and the insurance industry;
  • all insurance companies and other organizations of any type writing or issuing policies of insurance in the State of Texas, including their organization, incorporation, management, powers, and limitations; and
  • the following state agencies: the Texas Department of Insurance, the Texas Health Benefits Purchasing Cooperative, and the Office of Public Insurance Counsel.[4][5]

Membership

2013-2014

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

Insurance Members, 2013
Democratic members (3)Republican members (6)
Craig Eiland, Vice-chairJohn Smithee, Chair
Sergio Munoz, Jr.Greg Bonnen
Chris TurnerBrandon Creighton
Geanie Morrison
Kenneth Sheets
Van Taylor

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.

Issues

2011-2012

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

The Texas House Insurance Committee has heard hours of testimony on problems with the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), the sole state insurer for wind and hail coverage for 14 coastal counties and part of Harris County.

Rep. John Smithee, the committee chair, has referred to the association "as a house of cards" for its instability.[6] Smithee and fellow committee member Rep. Larry Taylor have proposed legislation that would reform TWIA.

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