Wed., Feb. 3, 1999 
                                    8:30 a.m. 
                                 Senate Chamber 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.11, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Human  
         Services was held on Wed., Feb. 3, 1999, in the Senate Chamber  
         at Austin, Texas.   
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Judith Zaffirini, Chair         None 
         Senator John Carona, Vice Chair 
         Senator David Bernsen 
         Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr. 
         Senator Chris Harris 
         The chair called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.  There  
         being a quorum present, the following business was transacted.   
         The chair explained in her opening remarks that today's  
         hearing was an organizational meeting to address the committee  
         schedule, procedures, and rules.  She presented a vice-chair's  
         gavel to Senator John Carona; welcomed two other returning  
         committee members,  Mario Gallegos and Chris Harris; and  
         introduced new member, David Bernsen. 
         The chair laid out the proposed committee rules for  
         consideration.  Senator Harris moved their adoption.  There  
         being no objection, the motion prevailed by unanimous consent. 
         The chair introduced committee staff for the 76th Legislative  
         Session, namely, Rosa Campos, chief of staff; Chris Hudson,  
         legislative director; Scott Caffey, committee clerk; Jamie  
         Byrd, assistant committee clerk; Sofia Hernandez, legislative  
         aide; Frank Kolb, legislative aide; Anne Ray, legislative  
         aide; Pam Scott, legislative aide; Jon Weizenbaum, legislative  
         aide; Tara Kepler, administrative aide; Dora Salazar,  
         administrative assistant; and Stacey Gaston, graduate intern. 
         In addition, she recognized staff from the committee members'  
         offices, namely, Celeste May, Senator Carona's office; Kathy  
         Golson, Senator Bernsen's office; Elizabeth Gonzalez, Senator  
         Gallegos' office; and Darren Whitehurst, Senator Harris'  
         office.  From the Governor's office, the chair introduced  Ron  
         Lindsey, health and human services policy director; Anne  
         Heiligenstein, health and human services policy assistant; Jim  
         Underwood, welfare-to-work policy assistant; Cecile Young,  
         health and human  
         services budget director; Fred Fordyce, senior budget analyst;  
         Lizzette Gonzalez, deputy legislative director; and from the  
         Lt. Governor's office, Chris Britton, special assistant for  
         health and human services policy; and Berkeley Dyer, research  
         There being no further business, Senator Carona moved that the  
         committee stand recessed.  There being no objection, the  
         committee recessed at 8:36 a.m., subject to the call of the  
         Senator Judith Zaffirini, Chair                   Scott