House Committee Appointments|
On Wednesday, Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released committee appointments for the House of Representatives. There are 39 total committees
, including three select committees. Representative Beverly Woolley (R-Houston) was named speaker pro-tempore, and Representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland) was recognized as dean of the House.
The Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee
will be chaired by Representative Jim Jackson (R-Carrollton). Representative Tryon Lewis (R-Odessa) will serve as vice chair. The remaining nine members are Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), Representative Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), Representative Sarah Davis (R-Houston), Representative Will Hartnett (R-Dallas), Representative Jerry Madden (R-Plano), Representative Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo), Representative Connie Scott (R-Robstown), Representative Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), and Representative Beverly Woolley (R-Houston).
The Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
will be chaired by Representative Pete Gallego (D-Alpine). Representative Will Hartnett (R-Dallas) will serve as vice chair. The committee also includes Representative Jose Aliseda (R-Beeville), Representative Cindy Burkett (R-Mesquite), Representative Stefani Carter (R-Dallas), Representative Wayne Christian (R-Center), Representative Yvonne Davis (D-Dallas), Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), and Representative Bill Zedler (R-Arlington).
State of the State Address|
Governor Rick Perry delivered his sixth State of the State address on Tuesday to a joint session of the House and Senate with various statewide officials in attendance. The Texas Constitution requires the governor to deliver this message at the beginning of each session. The address highlights the condition of the state and includes policy proposals for the session. The governor’s speech also included recommendations to address the state’s budget shortfall.
To read the full text of Governor Perry’s speech, click here
To review Perry’s budget recommendations for the 2012–13 biennium, click here
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- The House of Representatives adjourned until 1:00 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
- The Senate adjourned until 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
- The State of the Judiciary address is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.