Representative Flynn Appointed Chair to Pensions Committee

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                           Contact: Kelli Linza February 5, 2015                                                                                                                                     Phone: 512-463-0880

AUSTIN, TX– Yesterday, Speaker of the House, Joe Straus announced committee assignments for the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature naming State Representative Dan Flynn, (R-Van), Chairman of the House Committee on Pensions. The Pension Committee has oversight of the following state agencies: The Texas Emergency Services Retirement System, The Board of Trustees of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, The Board of Trustees of the Employees Retirement System, the Board of Trustees of the Texas County and District Retirement System, the Board of Trustees of the Texas Municipal Retirement System, and the State Pension Review Board.

Representative Flynn said , “The issue of pensions is going to be extremely critical this session and I am looking forward to the challenge that awaits me and the other six members of the committee as we work to improve and maintain the soundness of our Pension Systems and the best way to provide for the future of our teachers, state, and municipal employees.”

Representative Flynn has previously served on the Pension Committee and also said he is looking forward and honored to continue to serve on the Investments and Financial Services Committee that he has served on since being in the Legislature and where he will provide his fifty plus years of banking & financial services experience.

Representative Flynn’s assignments also include appointment to the House Select Committee on Emerging Issues in Texas Law Enforcement due to his expertise in homeland security. This Committee shall investigate and review the training and professional needs of law enforcement in the state of Texas, including the award and sufficiency of law enforcement training grants, methods of training, and types of training-including training in emerging or changing threats such as human trafficking, mental health crisis and confrontation, organized crime, and critical incident shooting. The Committee shall also examine and address emerging use of new technologies by law enforcement in policing and community interaction, including the use of body cameras, drones, and the rise of various information technology collection and sorting systems. The Committee will also examine any changes necessary to assure that each Texas law enforcement officer is provided with the necessary and appropriate tools and protocols to increase public safety of all Texans, including the safety of Texas peace officers.