Between legislative sessions, the Texas Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House of Representatives appoint Interim Committees to study important issues that help guide the Texas Legislature’s decisions in the future. These interim committees hold hearings and take public testimony. Their findings will affect actions taken during the next regular session which begins Jan. 8, 2013.
Some of the Senate interim charges have been announced and more are expected soon. Charges that were released by Jan. 27, 2012, include the following committees and topics:
- Criminal Justice Committee regarding mental health diversion and treatment systems, school discipline, and students in conservatorship;
- Jurisprudence Committee regarding powers of attorney, the jurisdiction and qualifications of special judges, and court processes in child protection cases;
- State Affairs Committee regarding the possibility of purchasing health insurance across state lines, and the impact of federal health care reform on Texas;
- Senate Select Committee on Open Government regarding security measures used to protect electronic information held by state agencies.
Interim charges for the House were released in the fall. Individuals who wish to provide input on any interim issues can submit written comments to the committee involved or attend committee hearings.
View details on key interim charges that could impact on people with disabilities on TCDD’s website. There are also links for the full lists of House and Senate interim charges, as well committee meeting schedules.