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

Committee Members
Will Metcalf, Chair
Chris Paddie, Chair
Ana Hernandez, Vice Chair
Joe Deshotel
Sam Harless
Donna Howard
Todd Hunter
Phil King
Eddie Lucio, III
Will Metcalf
Richard Peña Raymond
Matt Shaheen
Shelby Slawson
John Smithee
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, including the following:
  • HB 5 87th R.S., relating to the expansion of broadband services to rural areas;
  • HB 1505 87th R.S., relating to attachments for broadband service on utility poles owned by an electric cooperative and establishing and funding a pole replacement program for deployment of certain broadband facilities;
  • SB 2 87th R.S., relating to the governance of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Office of Public Utility Counsel, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas; and
  • SB 3 87th R.S., relating to preparing for, preventing, and responding to weather emergencies and power outages. (Joint charge with Committee on Energy Resources)
• Examine the efforts of power generation facilities to weatherize their facilities.
• Review the status of projects intended to reduce transmission congestion within the electrical grid.
• Study the status and adequacy of cybersecurity preparedness among state agencies and contractors. Make recommendations that enhance cybersecurity measures considering evolving threats to Texas' information technology infrastructure.
• Review the impact of state government procurement of goods and services from businesses and other commercial entities owned or controlled by the Russian government or Russian nationals, and determine the need for restrictions on state government procurement. Consider the impact of any proposed procurement restrictions on state government efficiency and effectiveness and the state’s access to scientific and technological advances.

Note:
Chris Paddie, Chair, 2/9/2021 - 3/1/2022. Will Metcalf appointed Chair, 3/10/2022.
Appointment letter, 3/10/2022

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