House Committee on Ways and Means - 85th R.S. (2017)

Committee Members


  • Review the impact of Hurricane Harvey on state and local taxes. Examine the need for and the feasibility of requiring reappraisal of all property affected by large-scale disasters such as Harvey. Identify improvements to the tax-rate-setting process following such disasters.
  • Review the property tax system and identify improvements relating to:
    a. Transparency and communications with taxpayers;
    b. The tax-rate-setting process;
    c. The training and expertise required of appraisal review board members;
    d. Appraisal review board composition, structure, and process; and
    e. Appeals of appraisal review board orders.
  • Review the franchise tax and identify any changes that would improve the state’s business climate.
  • Monitor litigation to overturn the Bellas Hess and Quill decisions, thereby granting states the authority to collect sales and use taxes from remote retailers.
  • 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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