FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/31/2013
BURKETT APPOINTED TO FOUR COMMITTEES FOR 83rd SESSION
Austin - State Representative Cindy Burkett (Sunnyvale) was appointed today to the Investments and Financial Services, Local and Consent Calendars, and Transportation Committees, as well as the Select Committee on Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility. Speaker Joe Straus (San Antonio) released committee assignments to the members of the House Thursday morning.
"These committee assignments give me the unique opportunity to work on a wide range of issues important to the State of Texas, and I am ready to get to work. It is great for the interests of House District 113." said Representative Burkett.
The Committee on Investments and Financial Services has jurisdiction over banking, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and the related state agencies.
The Local and Consent Calendars Committee is a procedural committee with jurisdiction over the placement on appropriate calendars of bills and resolutions that, are local or will be uncontested, and have been recommended by the committee of original jurisdiction.
The Transportation Committee is charged with all matters pertaining to commercial motor vehicles, and their control, regulation, licensing, and operation; the Texas highway system, including all roads, bridges, and ferries; the licensing of private passenger vehicles to operate on the roads and highways of the state; the regulation and control of traffic on the public highways of the State of Texas; railroads, airports, airlines, and water transportation, as well as the related agencies of government.
The Select Committee on Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility will monitor the actions of the federal government, including federal legislation and regulations that direct or suggest that states take certain actions or pass legislation. The committee shall also monitor issues related to federal sequestration and its impact on Texas.
Representative Burkett explained that thousands of pieces of legislation will be considered by the Legislature this session. It is the committee process that closely analyzes legislation before the bills reach the House floor to be voted on by the Representatives. Taking an active role as a committee member will enable her to have greater input on a large number of bills.
Representative Burkett is serving her second term in the Texas House. This past year, Representative Burkett was appointed by the Speaker to serve on the Energy Council, and most recently was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Caucus. Burkett co-owns Highline Enterprises, a company that operates several Subway sandwich franchises.
Representative Burkett's Austin office is located in the Capitol extension: E2.504. She can be reached at 512-463-0464 or at P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78768.