AUSTIN -- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus today created the Interim Committee on Manufacturing, which will recommend ways that the Legislature can strengthen the manufacturing sector in Texas.
Last year, Speaker Straus directed every House committee to make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability. The Interim Committee on Manufacturing will compile and summarize those findings and make its own recommendations about how to encourage manufacturing in the state. The Committee will also determine how those recommendations interplay with other committees' work on business growth and retention in Texas.
"Our strong workforce, friendly business climate and natural resources give Texas the opportunity to lead the nation in manufacturing," Speaker Straus said. "Manufacturing jobs are among the best our state has to offer, and this Committee will give the House important guidance on how to spur growth and encourage manufacturers to put more Texans to work."
Manufacturing is a $192 billion industry in Texas, accounting for 15 percent of the Gross State Product. More than 800,000 Texans work in manufacturing, and on average they earn significantly more than workers in other sectors.
Rep. Jim Murphy of Houston will serve as Chairman of the Committee on Manufacturing, and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez of Austin will be Vice Chairman.
"I am honored to chair this Committee,” Rep. Murphy said. “Manufacturing is a vital sector of our Texas economy and spurs the highest level of economic activity. Our recommendations will provide an important foundation as the House works to encourage the creation of more manufacturing jobs for Texans.”
Speaker Straus also appointed the following Members to the Committee:
Rep. Carol Alvarado
Rep. Angie Chen Button
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Jason Isaac
Rep. Eric Johnson
Rep. Tracy King
Rep. John Kuempel
Rep. Lyle Larson
Rep. George Lavender
Rep. Marisa Marquez
Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr.
Rep. Tan Parker
Rep. Kenneth Sheets
The Committee will report its findings and recommendations, including drafts of legislation necessary to implement the recommendations, to Speaker Straus by Jan. 7, 2013. The Committee will expire at the start of the 83rd Legislature.
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