Urban Affairs Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The Urban Affairs 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 seven members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • municipalities, including their creation, organization, powers, government, and finance, and the compensation and duties of their officers and employees;
  • home-rule municipalities, their relationship to the state, and their powers, authority, and limitations;
  • the creation or change of metropolitan areas and the form of government under which those areas operate;
  • problems and issues particularly affecting metropolitan areas of the state;
  • other units of local government not otherwise assigned by these rules to other standing committees;
  • establishing districts for the election of governing bodies of municipalities;
  • land use regulation by municipalities; and
  • the following state agencies: the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.[4][5]

Membership

2013-2014

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

Urban Affairs Members, 2013
Democratic members (4)Republican members (3)
Harold Dutton, Jr., ChairGary Elkins
Carol Alvarado, Vice-chairJeff Leach
Rafael AnchiaScott Sanford
Justin Rodriguez

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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