BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — By seniority appointment, John Raney has joined the Appropriations and the Higher Education Committees, once more.
Joining 26 other members, the Appropriations Committee has jurisdiction over the following:
- All bills and resolutions appropriating money from the state treasury
- All bills and resolutions containing provisions resulting in the automatic allocation of funds from the state treasury
- All bills and resolutions diverting funds from the state treasury or preventing funds from going in that otherwise would be placed in the state treasury
- All matters pertaining to claims and accounts filed with the legislature against the state unless jurisdiction over those bills and resolutions is specifically granted by these rules to some other standing committee.
Accordingly, the appropriations committee may comment upon any bill or resolution containing a provision resulting in an automatic allocation of funds.
Joining 10 other members, the Higher Education Committee has jurisdiction over the following:
- Education beyond high school
- The colleges and universities of the State of Texas
- The following state agencies: the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas A&M Engineering
Extension Service, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board, and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.
After the House committee rosters for the 87th Legislative Session were released, Rep. Raney's office put out the following statement:
"Because of Texas A&M University and BCS's ever-growing economy, we have an enormous stake in what takes place in the Legislature. This will be my fourth term to be appointed to these committees, which has provided me a wealth of subject knowledge and experience. Having a seat at the table on two committees that have such a huge impact on our community is a blessing, and I vow to continue making the most of this opportunity by looking out for and protecting the best interests of Bryan-College Station" they wrote in part.