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by William Lutz    Thu, Oct 20, 2005, 08:18 AM

Speaker Craddick
Speaker Tom Craddick today released the interim charges for the 79th Legislature. House committees will review and examine issues outlined in the interim charge in preparation for the 80th Legislative Session.

A few of the interim charges include:
Public Education - study the impact of successful school choice programs on students, parents and teachers; explore the structure and implementation strategies of successful performance-based pay systems for educational professionals in Texas and other states; research, review and investigate the expenditures of taxpayer money by local governments and school boards to lobby the Legislature.

Ways & Means - examine business taxes and other methods of finance designed to reduce the state's reliance on local property taxes to fund public education; evaluate the process used by the Office of the Comptroller and the Legislative Budget Board to evaluate and provide information on the impact of tax legislation.

State Affairs Committee - examine scientific advances made on stem cell research; monitor rule making of parental consent for the performance of an abortion.

Criminal Jurisprudence/General Investigating and Ethics - monitor the use of nuisance abatement authority by the city of Dallas and investigate unresolved issues pertaining to allegations of possible civil rights violations that may have been committed under color of law by local government.

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