Things to know this week:
• Governor Perry has set September 9, 2014 as the special election date for Senate District 28, which encompasses Lubbock, San Angelo, and Childress. This Senate seat is being vacated by Sen. Robert Duncan (Lubbock), who will soon be Texas Tech’s new chancellor.
• Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has appointed three new Senate committee chairs. Sen. Charles Schwertner (Georgetown) is the new chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. He succeeds Sen. Jane Nelson (Flower Mound), who was appointed chair of the Senate Finance Committee (formerly chaired by Sen. Tommy Williams). Sen. Craig Estes (Wichita Falls) has been named chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee (formerly chaired by Sen. Duncan) and Sen. Kevin Eltife (Tyler) has been appointed chair of the Senate Business & Commerce Committee (currently chaired by Sen. Carona, who will not return next session).
• Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has appointed Sen. Craig Estes and Sen. Kevin Eltife to the Legislative Budget Board (LBB). The LBB oversees the development of the budget and makes recommendations on appropriations to state agencies.
• Yesterday, the University of Texas System named Admiral William H. McRaven as the sole finalist to be the next chancellor of the system. He is expected to take over as chancellor at the beginning of 2015.
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