Texas House Speaker Joe Straus recently announced that State Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) was selected to serve on the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Human Services.
The House Appropriations Committee has 26 members from across the state and it is primarily responsible for working on the state budget. That is the one item that the Legislature is required to pass each session, and it is necessary to responsibly fund essential education, health, and public safety priorities in Texas.
Additionally, the Humans Services Committee is responsible for the protection of the most vulnerable, whether they be adult or children under the Department of Family and Protective Services as well as oversight over the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
“I’m honored to serve on these vital committees and specifically work towards reforming the Child Protective System network to protect children and families in our state,” Miller said. “This years’ budget will be a lean one and I plan to fight for conservative solutions to the challenges that Texas faces. I will also continue to work smart and I look forward to continuing to best serve House District 26 in the days ahead.”
Both committees are expected to begin meeting early next week. As required by the Texas Constitution, the House cannot consider legislation during the first 60 days of session unless the legislation is declared an emergency item by Gov. Greg Abbott, and the Texas Legislature will continue to meet until May 29.
Miller was first elected to serve House District 26 in 2012, which covers part of Fort Bend County.