Senate Committee Assignments

The new committee assignments (list in .pdf) for the Texas Senate are out. The biggest news for those of us who need to update our lectures is that the Lt. Governor has created three new committees: Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Economic Development, and Higher Education. This brings the total number of committees to 18.

There were no surprises on Committee chairs. All the committee chairs that won reelection are back at the head of their old committees. Tommy Williams from the Woodlands has become the chair of the Administration Committee after the previous chair was not re-elected.

The elevation of higher education from subcommittee to committee reflects the attention that higher education will face this session. The return of tuition regulation and the quest to elevate one or more of our universities to tier 1 status is going to produce some contentious battles over the next few years.

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