â€śThese are charges that I take very seriously as the critical work of these committee will have an impact on the entire state and obviously in the Texas Hill Country, as well,â€ť said Miller. â€ś I will help see to it that protecting private property rights, our state’s vital natural resources, and doing what is right for Texas will be priority components of our collective agenda.”
Central Texas members of the influential House Appropriations Committee â€“ the budget writers – include:
Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin
Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin
Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock
“I look forward to supporting (Speaker Strausâ€™s) goals of properly and transparently funding government’s core responsibilities while meeting the challenges of robust population growth,â€ť Howard said. â€śI intend to be an effective advocate on the committee for restoring funds to public education and family planning programs that were so dramatically cut last session.
This list shows Central Texas lawmakers increased their power in the House this session. Last regular session, the delegation filled one less leadership role:
Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin â€“ Administration (Vice Chair)
Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin – Joint Committee on Aging (Chair)
Rep. Elliott Naishtat, D-Austin – Public Health (Vice Chair)
Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels – Joint Committee on Oversight of Edwards Aquifer (Co-chair)
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