Senate Committee on Business and Commerce

Committee Information
Clerk: Barbara Henderson
(512) 463-0365
P.O. Box 12068
SHB 370
Austin, TX 78711
Acting Chair Members:
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Interim Charges

The Committee shall:

  1. Study the termination of contractual agreements between insurers and insurance agents. The Committee should assess the need for statutory guidelines regarding these agreements.
  2. Study rate regulation of homeowners and automobile insurance, the use of county mutual companies to circumvent rate regulation, and the effects of deregulation on insurance rates and consumers.
  3. Assess state workforce development and job training programs in Texas. The Committee should determine the need for a statewide strategic plan for workforce programs, and recommend measures necessary to improve such programs.
  4. Monitor trends in local lending practices in all regions of the state. The Committee shall determine if the legislature should develop strategies to retain bank deposits made by public institutions in Texas communities, increase the number of bank "decision making" centers in Texas, increase the loan-to-deposit ratio in Texas, and develop incentives for lending institutions to locate in all areas of the state.
  5. Assess the prevalence of prevailing wage rate differences in state procurement contracts. The Committee should determine if identified variances justify the use of additional methodologies to determine prevailing wage rates.


The Committee shall submit copies of its final report as soon as possible, but no later than November 15, 2002. This date will allow the findings of the Committee to be considered when the Legislative Budget Board is developing performance and budget recommendations to the 78th Legislature. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Senate, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library.

The final report of the Committee should be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Committee and include any recommended statutory changes. Draft legislation containing recommended statutory changes should be attached to the report. Recommended agency rule changes should also be attached to the report.

Icon: ReportsSubcommittee on Prevailing Wage Rates (PDF - 2.3 mb)
Icon: ReportsSubcommittee on The Termination of Contractual Agreements Between Insurers and Insurance Agents (PDF - 1.6 mb)

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Budget and Staff

The Committee shall use its existing staff, including any subcommittee staff, and utilize the budget approved by the Senate Committee on Administration. Where appropriate, the Committee should obtain assistance from the Senate Research Center and legislative agencies, including the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Council, and the State Auditor. The Committee should also seek the assistance of appropriate Executive Branch agencies with responsibilities in the areas related to the Committee's interim charges.

Interim Appointments

Pursuant to Section 301.041, Government Code, it may be necessary to change the membership of a committee if a member is not returning to the Legislature in 2003. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 78th Legislative Session.

Committee Archives

77th Legislature's Business and Commerce Subcommittee on Border Affairs.

76th Legislature's Senate Committee on Economic Development.