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Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees
  • This committee was previously named the Public Safety Committee.

The Homeland Security & Public Safety 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:
  • law enforcement;
  • the prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals;
  • the provision of security services by private entities;
  • homeland security, including:
  • the defense of the state and nation, including terrorism response; and
  • disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and
  • the following state agencies: the Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, the Department of Public Safety, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Emergency Management

Council, the Texas Forensic Science Commission, the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, the Texas Private Security Board, the Commission on State Emergency Communications, and the Texas Crime Stoppers Council.[4]

Membership

2013-2014

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

Homeland Security & Public Safety Members, 2013
Democratic members (2)Republican members (7)
Joe Pickett, ChairAllen Fletcher, Vice-chair
Philip CortezTony Dale
Dan Flynn
Tim Kleinschmidt
George Lavender
Kenneth Sheets
Ron Simmons

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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