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Texas Politics - The Legislative Branch
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8.2    Committee Action

After the bill has been referred to committee but before any action by members, the committee staff must produce and distribute an analysis of the various provisions in the bill. The committee chair may request a fiscal note and an impact statement to determine the costs of implementing the bill and its effects on specific aspects of state administration.

The committee or a subcommittee to which the bill has been assigned may decide to pigeonhole the bill (putting it at the bottom of the committee's agenda, effectively killing the bill). Otherwise, it will hold hearings that allow various constituents and other experts to testify on the content of the proposed legislation. Additionally, the committee may make substantial changes to the bill. This mark up process may involve rewriting specific sections, and adding and deleting provisions.

After all of the changes have been made to the bill, the committee votes on whether it should be considered by the whole chamber. By simple majority vote the committee decides whether to report the bill favorably, unfavorably, or not report it for floor consideration at all. An unfavorable report or no report will kill the bill.

Texas Politics:
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University of Texas at Austin
3rd Edition - Revision 116
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