The 31 members of the Texas Senate will divide into six work groups to help frame an approach to fully restoring the state’s economy once the coronavirus crisis passes and to prepare the state for future pandemics.

“COVID-19 has changed our lives in Texas and in America in ways that will continue to impact us going forward as we re-open our state,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, the Senate’s president, said in a statement. “I have asked every senator to work together in small discussion groups — using a think tank model — to discuss the challenges Texas will face in the next legislative session as a result of the pandemic.”

Patrick said the groups will “discuss challenges and options,” but not produce specific legislation. However, the findings could play a role in how the Legislature in 2021 responds to coronavirus-related challenges.

Here are the work groups:

Economic Impact & Budgeting

Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston

Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston

Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury

Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown

Senate Pandemic Preparedness

Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston

Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper

Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston

Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills

Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston

Sen. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston

Public Schools & Higher Ed

Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood

Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville

Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe

Sen. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney

Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson

Health, Hospitals & COVID-19 Issues

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham

Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway

Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown

Sen. Borris Miles, D-Houston

Jobs & Re-Opening the Economy

Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville

Sen. Nathan Johnson, D-Dallas

Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper

Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo

Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock

Food Supply Chain, Food Banks & Agriculture

Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo

Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio

Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood

Sen. Peter Flores, R-Pleasanton

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville

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