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This afternoon Lt. Governor Dan Patrick released the first set of interim charges for the following Senate committees: State Affairs, Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs, and Natural Resources and Economic Development.

Interim charges give a snapshot of the issues leadership will focus on in the upcoming Legislative session. Some of the highlights of today’s charges focus on eminent domain, implementation of open and campus carry, surface water rights, implementation of Federal environmental regulations, and electricity issues.

To see the entire list of Interim Charges released today click here.