AUSTIN -- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced the membership of the House committees for the 84th Legislature, re-appointing Representative Byron Cook (Corsicana) as chair of the House Committee on State Affairs.
Speaker Joe Straus remarked, “The State Affairs Committee addresses some very serious and sensitive issues, and leading that committee is not easy. But Chairman Cook has repeatedly proven that he’s up to the task. I am confident in his leadership and grateful for the very important role he plays in the House.”
Cook has served as a member of the State Affairs Committee since his first term in 2003 and as chair of the committee since 2011. Under the Texas House Rules, the committee has an incredibly broad jurisdiction that includes all questions and matters of state policy. Because of the breadth of the jurisdiction, virtually any bill may be referred to this committee.
Some examples of the topics the committee has historically frequently considered are as follows:
• the organization, operation, powers, regulation and management of state departments agencies and institutions;
• the regulation and deregulation of the electric and telecommunication industries;
• pipelines, pipeline companies and all others operating as common carriers in the state;
• social matters including pro-life legislation and immigration.
"It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to once again serve as chair of a committee that considers matters, which have a profound effect on our state, and it is a responsibility that I take very seriously," Cook stated.
Speaker Straus also appointed Representative Cook to the House Calendars Committee, which considers the timing and flow of all legislation through the Texas House of Representatives.
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