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Senate announces committee assignments for 2023 legislative session

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Texas Legislature

Date Posted: 1/23/2023 | Author: Mark Wiggins

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) announced Senate committee assignments Monday, Jan. 23, for the 2023 legislative session. 

Patrick announced during the interim that the Senate Education Committee, which handles PK-12 public education policy, would be combined with the Higher Education Committee. The 13 members of the combined committee are: 

The Subcommittee on Higher Education will hear higher education bills before deciding whether to recommend them to the full committee. Members of the Higher Education Subcommittee are: 

  • Brandon Creighton, Chair 
  • Mayes Middleton, Vice Chair 
  • Phil King  
  • Drew Springer 
  • Royce West 

Other important committees include the State Affairs Committee, which oversees legislation that broadly impacts the entire state. In the past, bills related to educator associations and free speech issues have gone through State Affairs. Committee members this session are: 

The Senate Finance Committee is a critical committee tasked with drafting the budget, including public education funding and issues dealing with educator pensions. The 17 Finance Committee members this session are: 

Committees can meet to organize and listen to testimony, but both chambers are prohibited from passing bills until after the 60th day of session. The exception is bills concerning emergency items declared by the governor. You can find a complete list of Senate committee assignments here


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