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Dewhurst Names New Senate Committee Chairs

By Ender Reed
TAC Legislative Staff

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst recently announced Texas State Senate committee chairs for the 83rd Legislative Session.

Some chairmanships remain the same, such as Senator John Whitmire (Houston) as Criminal Justice chair and Senator Jane Nelson (Flower Mound) as chair of Health and Human Services.

However, Dewhurst made some significant changes to chair assignments that directly impact county government. Senator Royce West (Dallas), after a distinguished tenure as chair of the Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, has been named chair of the Jurisprudence Committee. In his place, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (McAllen) has been named chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee for the 83rd Legislative Session; this committee handles the majority of county related bills in the State Senate.

Another appointment of note is the naming of Senator Tommy Williams (The Woodlands) as chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee. The Senate Finance Committee hears all budget issues, and in previous sessions bills related to appraisal caps and revenue caps have been sent to this committee as well.

A full list of committee chairs is available.