Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst recently released select Senate interim charges relating to border security
and human trafficking and economic development
Dewhurst said Texas has seen a disturbing influx of drugs, human trafficking and transnational gangs in the past decade.
"As lawmakers, our most important responsibility is to ensure the physical safety of all 25 million men, women and children who call Texas home,” Dewhurst said. “That's why we must continue to improve our border security and stop deadly spillover violence from coming across our borders."
In regard to economic development, Dewhurst praised Texas as a state with a welcoming business climate that has led the nation in private sector job growth. However, Dewhurst and Senator Mike Jackson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, also recognized that the effects of the national economy are causing many Texans to struggle.
"While our unemployment rate remains below the national average, the Legislature must continue to do what we can to support a successful business climate and foster a healthy job market," Jackson said. "The Senate Committee on Economic Development has been tasked with studying how best to make that happen… .”
Among those economic development charges is a review of the implementation of SB 1048, relating to public-private partnerships.