State Senator Lois Kolkhorst has been appointed as one of five Senators to serve on the budget conference committee.
Members of the committee were appointed Wednesday by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and are tasked with producing the final version of the state budget. The budget is the only piece of legislation lawmakers must constitutionally pass during legislative session.
Kolkhorst will serve alongside Senators Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), and Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville). Kolkhorst has previously served four times on the committee, according to a release.
Annually, the House budget appropriates $251 billion, and the Senate budget $247 billion.
In addition to being named a conferee on House Bill 1, Kolkhorst was named as a conferee on Senate Bill 500, the supplemental budget that includes billions in emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey expenses.
Kolkhorst said she is honored to have been chosen for this responsibility for the third consecutive session. She said her fundamental goal is to help create “a fiscally responsible budget that delivers tax relief, school finance reform and a meaningful teacher pay raise”.
Lt. Governor Patrick said he is confident that Kolkhorst and the other Senate conferees will ensure the Texas budget reflects the state’s commitment to property tax and school finance reform, law enforcement, border security, continued Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, and makes sure the state “continues to move forward and our economy continues to lead the nation and the world”.