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Newsletter: Getting to work

Last week, I announced the membership of every Texas House committee. This was an important milestone in our legislative session, and now we can continue working to address the challenges facing this state.

Committees play a significant role in the legislative process. They consider and amend bills, listen to testimony from experts and the public, and decide which ideas are worth sending to the full House. They will now begin to hold hearings on specific issues and bills.

You can look up legislation and find out when it will be heard in committee by visiting www.capitol.texas.gov. I encourage you to come to the Capitol to testify if a committee is considering a bill you care about. If you can't make it to Austin, you can send a letter or email to the committee Chairman. And if you want me to know your thoughts on a bill, or if you have questions about the committee process, don't hesitate to contact me at joe@joestraus.com

The Legislature will be in session until May 29, and most of the work in the next couple of months will happen in committees. I will keep you updated as we continue working on issues such as education, child protection, mental health and private-sector growth. And as always, please don't hesitate to share your priorities and feedback with me.