FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 01/23/2019
Representative Ed Thompson Named Vice-Chairman of Environmental Regulation Committee, Appointed to Transportation, House Administration
AUSTIN – Speaker Dennis Bonnen today announced committee assignments for the 86th Legislative Session of the Texas House of Representatives, appointing Representative Ed Thompson as Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and as a member of the House Committee on Transportation and House Committee on House Administration.
"I am humbled and honored to be appointed to these three committees that are very important to House District 29,” Thompson said. “I am ready to get to work and am looking forward to working hard to address the substantive transportation and environmental regulation issues that affect our communities and our state. Constituents in House District 29 will have a strong voice in these upcoming discussions," Thompson affirmed.
The Transportation Committee will be chaired by Rep. Terry Canales (District 40 - Edinburg). This committee has oversight of all matters pertaining to commercial motor vehicles, both bus and truck, and their control, regulation, licensing, and operation; the Texas highway system, including all roads, bridges, and ferries constituting a part of the system; 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, street railway lines, interurban railway lines, steamship companies, and express companies; airports, air traffic, airlines, and other organizations engaged in transportation by means of aerial flight; water transportation in the State of Texas, and the rivers, harbors, and related facilities used in water transportation and the agencies of government exercising supervision and control thereover; the regulation of metropolitan transit; and the following state agencies: the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas Transportation Commission.
The House Administration Committee is chaired by Rep. Charlie Geren (District 99 - River Oaks). This committee has oversight over administrative operation of the house and its employees; the adoption of policies and procedures for appropriate workplace conduct under Rule 15 and the housekeeping resolution, including policies and procedures relating to the training of members, officers, and employees; the general house fund, with full control over all expenditures from the fund; all property, equipment, and supplies obtained by the house for its use and the use of its members; all office space available for the use of the house and its members; the assignment of vacant office space, vacant parking spaces, and vacant desks on the house floor to members with seniority based on cumulative years of service in the house, except that the committee may make these assignments based on physical disability of a member where it deems proper; all admissions to the floor during sessions of the house; all proposals to invite nonmembers to appear before or address the house or a joint session; all radio, television, and Internet broadcasting, live or recorded, or sessions of the house; the electronic recording of the proceedings of the house of representatives and the custody of the recordings of testimony before house committees, with authority to promulgate reasonable rules, regulations, and conditions concerning the safekeeping, reproducing, and transcribing of the recordings, and the defraying of costs for transcribing the recordings, subject to other provisions of these rules; all witnesses appearing before the house or any committee thereof in support of or in opposition to any pending legislative proposal; the Rules of Procedure of the House of Representatives, Joint Rules of the House and Senate, and all proposed amendments; other matters concerning the rules, procedures, and operation of the house assigned by the speaker; and the following state agency: the State Preservation Board.
The Environmental Regulation Committee will be chaired by Rep. J.M. Lozano (District 43 - Portland). The committee has oversight over all matters pertaining to air, land, and water pollution, including the environmental regulation of industrial development; the regulation of waste disposal; environmental matters that are regulated by the Department of State Health Services or the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; oversight of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as it relates to environmental regulation; and the following state agency: the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission.
“It has been a privilege to work on the Environmental Regulation Committee the last three terms, and I am glad to continue serving on this committee, as well as the Transportation Committee,” Thompson said. “These are two of the most important issues facing the constituents of House District 29, and I am looking forward to working with advocates, stakeholders, and my fellow committee members to improve a variety of issues important to our state.”
Contact: Staci Rives