What's the Select Committee on State Sovereignty?

Hey, Texplainer: What’s the Select Committee on State Sovereignty anyway, and why was it created?

The speaker of the House and the lieutenant governor both have the purview to create special committees when there’s a pressing issue facing the Legislature — and they don’t want to detract from the business of traditional standing committees.

This session, through a combination of federal health care reform and federal EPA rulings, the issue of state sovereignty — protecting the state from mandates from Washington — is front and center. Between Tea Party rallies and Gov. Rick Perry’s anti-Washington message on the campaign trail, legislative leaders knew ...

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