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House Committee on Urban Affairs - 87th R.S. (2021)

Committee Members
Philip Cortez, Chair
Justin Holland, Vice Chair
Diego Bernal
Liz Campos
Gary Gates
Jarvis Johnson
Ina Minjarez
Penny Morales Shaw
Bryan Slaton
Charges
  • Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure the intended legislative outcome of all legislation.
  • Evaluate the availability of workforce housing to support the dynamic economic growth of the state. Study the use of public-private partnerships and other tools to incentivize the development of housing that meets Texas’ expanding workforce demands. Develop and include measures to ensure accountability and transparency associated with these tools.
  • Review the Municipal Management District Legislative Template with respect to representation and accountability. Make recommendations for improving the template.
  • Study the effects of local governance, planning, and administration on the current state of municipal water and wastewater infrastructure. Examine the measures municipally owned utilities have taken and the costs required to maintain and improve that infrastructure. Make recommendations for cost-effective solutions to ensure reliable infrastructure and uninterrupted municipal utility services, especially during a severe weather event.
  • Study municipal fees with respect to the function of the fee and the relationship of the fee to the cost of providing an associated municipal service. Make recommendations to address municipal fees that are disproportionate or unrelated to the cost of providing the associated service.

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