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July 11: Senate Finance Committee

The The Senate Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 11, 2022, at 10 a.m. to hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charge:

Federal Funds: Report on the state use of federal COVID-19 relief funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts, and similar federal legislation. Examine local use of federal relief funding, including funding provided to school districts through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Evaluate the overall fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state agencies, including costs incurred due to federal mandates. Identify barriers to the effective utilization of funds and make recommendations on the expenditure of unappropriated funds. In addition, evaluate and report on the spending by state agencies that have been utilizing “one-time” federal funding (temporary enhancements, e.g. FMAP and ESSER) sources, where federal funding will likely be significantly reduced in future biennia.

Public testimony is limited to two minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 40 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.

See the hearing posting.

Watch the hearing at 10 a.m. July 11.

July 12: House Appropriations Committee

The House Appropriations Committee will meet Tuesday, July 12, at 9 a.m. to hear invited testimony on the following topics:

  • Update on the Texas Economy
  • Uvalde Response: Mental Health and School Safety
  • Interim Charge #3: Evaluate the history of appropriations and revenues for GR-D Accounts 5010 (Sexual Assault Fund) and 0469 (Crime Victims Compensation Fund).
  • Interim Charge #5: Review the information technology supporting the Texas Medicaid Program.
  • Interim Charge #7: Make funding recommendations for the phased installation of climate control equipment in state correctional facilities.
  • Interim Charge #8: Examine the long-term capital needs of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, including deferred maintenance and planned land acquisitions for new state park land.
  • Interim Charge #9: Monitor the use of appropriated funds by the Texas Water Development Board from the Flood Infrastructure Fund.
  • Update on Operation Lone Star

See the hearing posting.

Watch the hearing at 9 a.m. July 12