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House Committee on Business and Industry - 65th R.S. (1977)

Committee Members
Chris V. Semos, Chair
Anthony Polumbo, Vice Chair
E. Douglas McLeod, Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters
Charles Finnell
A. C. 'Tony' Garcia
Ernestine Glossbrenner
Anita Hill
Danny Hill
Pete Patterson
Paul Ragsdale
Irma Rangel
  • A study of the roles of tourism and its relative economic impact upon the state. This study should include recommendations as to the possibilities of combining the functions of the Tourist Development Agency, the Travel and Information Division of the Department of Highways and Public Transportation, and of the industrial development efforts of the Texas Industrial Commission.
  • A study of the possible scope and character of a Texas sesquicentennial celebration in 1986 and make recommendations as to the role of the state in planning and funding its observance.
  • A study of the best methods for regulation and registration of professional licensing boards, including recommendations and cost/benefit analysis on the possible consolidation of existing boards into a central regulatory and licensing agency. This study shall include recommendations as to whether there are instances of over-regulation and licensing among professions which lead to unnecessary restraints on the free-enterprise system.
  • A study of the state's fire prevention and fire protection laws to determine possible means of improving present hazardous fire conditions and preventing future tragedies. This study shall include a review of the related responsibilities of state agencies having authority in the area of fire prevention, investigation, insurance, prevention and inspection.
  • A study of the existing Rural Loan Development Program to determine why it has not been successfully implemented and utilized as the original legislation intended. An in-depth analysis should reveal possible operational changes in the law, possible methods of alternative funding, and other recommendations that would aid the success and efficiency of the program.
  • A study of the state's commitment in aiding the development of international trade within the state, especially with regard to those businesses, usually small and independent, which could utilize such specialized services but which lack the expertise themselves. This study shall include further recommendations to determine the importance of active involvement by the state in overseas international trade development offices; shall include the areas of funding, activities, and operations of the International Trade Development Division of the Texas Industrial Commission; and shall make recommendations with regard to the overall effectiveness of such a program under its current format or as a combined agency format with relate agencies.
  • Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit:
    Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities
    Board of Architectural Examiners
    Board of Registration for Professional Engineers
    Industrial Commission
    Board of Landscape Architects
    Real Estate Commission
    Securities Board
    Board of Registration for Public Surveyors
    Tourist Development Agency

Kenneth Vaughan (Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters) resigned 6/5/1977.
Doug McLeod appointed Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters 9/23/1977. (Memorandum from Bill Clayton, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, September 23, 1977. See House Press Memos 1978, L1801.1 P926 1978.)
Anita Hill (Member) appointed September 1977. (Press Release from Bill Clayton, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, September 26, 1977. See House Press Memos 1978, L1801.1 P926 1978.)

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