Five things happening at your capitol this week

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My Five Cents…

The third week of session has been a busy one, with the pace beginning to pick up. The fun is only beginning for this legislative session.

1. Committee Assignments

Late last week, Lt.Governor Patrick released the Senate committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session. I am honored to continue to serve as Chair for the Transportation Committee, as well Vice-Chair of Business and Commerce, and a member of the Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations committees. I am grateful to Lt. Governor Patrick for these opportunities and look forward to working with all of my colleagues in the Senate to serve the people of Texas.

2. Senate Finance

The Senate Finance Committee, on which I serve, have begun their hearings on the states budget. Over the next few weeks we will hear the legislative appropriations requests from every state agency and higher education institutions, as well as public testimony. These requests are a starting point to determine their budget needs for the next two years.

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