COMMITTEE:    Natural Resources & Economic Development 

TIME & DATE:  9:00 AM, Friday, April 01, 2016 

PLACE:        E1.012 (Hearing Room) 
CHAIR:        Senator Craig Estes 



The Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development will meet to hear invited testimony on the following Interim Charges:


Interim Charge 3

Economic Development: Evaluate the effectiveness and necessity of programs and resources currently used to support economic development in Texas.  Make recommendations regarding continuation of effective strategies, modification of existing administrative or regulatory barriers, and the reduction or elimination of ineffective programs.


Interim Charge 4

Expedited Permitting: Evaluate the permitting process in Texas and neighboring states and make recommendations for eliminating unnecessary barriers and expediting the process to ensure that the regulatory process is consistent and predictable.


Interim Charge 7

Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.  Specifically, monitor the following: 1) Legislation relating to Texas aerospace incentives; 2) Expedited permitting; and 3) Electric utility rate adjustments. 


(The Committee will examine Parts 1 and 2 of Interim Charge 7 at the posted time and date, but will examine Part 3 separately at a later hearing.)