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House Committee on State Affairs - 85th R.S. (2017)

Committee Members
Byron Cook, Chair
Helen Giddings, Vice Chair
Tom Craddick
Jessica Farrar
Charlie Geren
Ryan Guillen
Ken King
John Kuempel
Morgan Meyer
René O. Oliveira
Chris Paddie
Eddie Rodriguez
John Smithee
Charges
• Evaluate the response of the electric utility industry to Hurricane Harvey. Determine whether current rules and regulations hinder effective responses to natural disasters in areas within the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and outside ERCOT. Evaluate policy initiatives, best practices, and the effects of expanding distributed generation in order to restore electrical power, critical services, and infrastructure in areas impacted by a natural disaster. Study the impact of expanded distributed generation and advanced technology deployment on wholesale electric power prices and their impact on ratepayers.
• Evaluate the durability and reliability of energy efficient buildings and facilities during natural disasters.
• Examine the use of television white space and other technologies to expand broadband access to areas with no access or limited access.
• Examine the liability of certain electric utilities that allow the public recreational access to land they own, occupy, or lease.
• Monitor the implementation and ongoing litigation of S.B. 4 (85R).
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th legislature.

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