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Committee on International Relations and Trade
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 79th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Eliot Shapleigh

Kevin Eltife
Craig Estes
Troy Fraser
Kel Seliger
Judith Zaffirini


LeAnn Gallegos

(512) 463-0385

Sam Houston Building, 335

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79th Session Interim

79th Third Called Session

79th Second Called Session

79th First Called Session

79th Regular Session


The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • Study state and federal programs aimed at assisting cities and businesses to compete in national and international markets. Develop recommendations to increase the competitiveness of Texas communities and entities in trade and commerce.
  • Study and develop recommendations to address the infrastructure and economic development needs of border and coastal communities in rural and non-urban areas of Texas.
  • Studyand report on the availability of housing in distressed areas of the state, especially along the Border colonias and rural Texas. Review state, federal and private initiatives aimed at providing housing assistance. Work with private and non-profit entities to address the growing housing needs. Develop recommendations for the cost-effective use of existing housing monies, leveraging of funds and initiatives for new funding sources.
  • Review state and local policies impacting the water/wastewater services, transportation and health infrastructure needs of Texas colonias. Work with the Texas Water Development Board, the Office of the Attorney General and the Colonia Coordinator to develop recommendations aimed at improving and strengthening the available resources and policies affecting economically distressed areas.