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Senate and House Interim Charges Released

Both Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus recently released interim charges for Senate and House committees, including numerous county-related charges.

Senate interim charges include a review of the effective tax rate and rollback tax rate calculations; a study of the feasibility of replacing the property tax with sales tax; a review of telemedicine in correctional facilities; an evaluation of the interest rate charged on delinquent property taxes; a study of the impact of statutory changes affecting trauma system funding, including efforts to eliminate the Driver Responsibility Program; a study regarding segregating state and federal transportation funding to accelerate project delivery; a review of initiatives to increase capacity and reduce waitlists in the mental health system; and an examination of the structure of court fees.

Patrick also released ​several interim charges relating to Hurricane Harvey in late September. View the complete list of Senate interim charges​.

House interim charges include a review of the property tax system, including the tax rate-setting process; a study of how counties identify defendants’ and inmates’ behavioral health needs and deferral opportunities to appropriate services; an evaluation of whether counties have the necessary ordinance-making and enforcement authority to deal with flood risk in unincorporated areas; a review of state funding for adult probation departments and the juvenile justice system; a study of the use of risk assessment tools at various stages of the criminal justice process; and a study of the efficiency and security of the state’s existing election protocols and systems.

Additional House charges include the monitoring of the implementation of the statewide electronic database of court records (re:SearchTX); a review of local and state zoning and land use regulations and whether current rules provide an adequate balance of disaster preparedness and deference to private property rights; a review of the management of the oversize/overweight permitting system; and an evaluation of the impact energy exploration and production have on state and county roads.

Straus also issued several charges relating to Hurricane Harvey, including a study of issues relating to flooding; an examination of how emergency response activities are organized, funded and coordinated; and an evaluation of the debris cleanup and removal process and whether current rules and regulations are effective in expediting cleanup efforts. View the complete list of House interim charges.

House and Senate committees will study the issues outlined in the charges and report on their findings and recommendations prior to the beginning of the 86th legislative session in January 2019. TAC legislative staff will monitor and report on the charges throughout the interim.​​