MINUTES SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE Tuesday, January 30, 2001 8:00 a.m. Capitol Extension, Room E1.036 ***** Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance was held on Tuesday, January 30, 2001, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas. ***** MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS ABSENT: Senator Rodney Ellis Senator Chris Harris Senator Gonzalo Barrientos Senator Steve Ogden Senator Robert Duncan Senator John Whitmire Senator Troy Fraser Senator Tom Haywood Senator Mike Jackson Senator Jon Lindsay Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. Senator Carlos Truan Senator Judith Zaffirini ***** The chair called the meeting to order at 8:03 a.m. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: The Chair recognized the following witnesses to provide testimony regarding Legislative Budget Board (LBB) recommendations: Office of the Attorney General Stephanie Coates, LBB Budget Analyst Amanda Jones, LBB Analyst, Federal issue on Child Support John Cornyn, Attorney General of Texas Introduced staff. Spoke to the exceptional items, all of which have to do with children. Gave an overview of performance in the past biennium. Answered many questions from the committee. Public Testimony Pat Cole, Texas Legal Services, Crime Victim Relief Fund Spoke to funding for legal services. Sherry Boles, Executive Director, Texas Assoc. Against Sexual Assault Cassandra R. Thomas, Houston Area Women's Center Spoke in favor of more funding for survivors of sexual assault. Linda K. Castoria, Executive Director, Brazos Co. "Rape Crisis Center," Bryan-College Station Need increased funding and volunteers. Jim Rigby, Minister Spoke to the need for increased funding for programs to help victims of incest, abuse, etc. Julie Oliver, Executive Director, Texas Lawyer's Care Her organization is the pro-bono legal services support project of the State Bar of Texas. Spoke in favor of additional appropriations in funding from the Crime Victim's Comp Fund for legal services to the poor. Sheryl Cates, Executive Director, Women's Battered Intervention, Spoke to the increased funding for the AG's office for victims of violence. David Montague, Tarrant County DA, Children's Advocacy Center of Texas Increased funding for crime victims fund. Registering, but not testifying: Howard Baldwin, Deputy Attorney General, Child Support Jeffrey S. Boyd, Deputy Attorney General, Litigation Krista DelGallo, Case Manager, Safe Place Maggy McGiffert, Social Worker Jane Piper, CEO, Texas CASA Penny Beaumont, Board Member, Texas CASA Renee Perez, Student Christopher Watson, Sexual Assault Prevention Educator, Hays-Caldwell Women's Center Linda Hunter, Director, Sexual Assault Program, Hays-Caldwell Women's Center Comptroller of Public Accounts Jess Calvert, LBB Budget Analyst Carole Keeton Rylander, Comptroller of Public Accounts Spoke to the proposed budget. (Testimony attached) Answered questions from committee Billy Hamilton, Deputy Controller Answered questions regarding contract employees and other questions from committee. Morris X. Winn, Manager of Human Resources Answered questions. Registering, but not testifying: Robert T. Chapa, Budget Manager Mike Doyle, Director, Treasury Operations Ed McCabe, Fund Accounting Manager Mike Reissig, Director, Fiscal Management Senator Truan assumed the chair. At 10:45 a.m. Senator Truan moved that the committee stand recessed until 45 minutes after adjournment of the Senate; without objection, it was so ordered. At 12:34 p.m. the committee reconvened. Social Security Benefit Replacement Pay Stephanie Coates, LBB Budget Analyst Comptroller of Public Accounts Fiscal Program Jess Calvert, LBB Budget Analyst Sarah Foster, LBB Budget Analyst Texas Energy Coordination Council Chris Ninaud, LBB Budget Analyst Jerry Mathews, Executive Director Answered questions as to what the Texas Energy Coordination Council did. Aircraft Pooling Board Jeff Scarpelli, LBB Budget Board Sunset Advisory Commission, Ken Levine Billy Clayton, Chairman Spoke to the new facilities at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The fleet is aging and needs to be upgraded. Talked about the usage of the old Mueller airport to the film industry. Answered questions. Jerry Daniels, Executive Director Spoke to the proposed budget and the need to upgrade the fleet. Registering, but not testifying Scott Rozzell, Board Member Roy Minton, Attorney, Board Member Tom Camp, Admin. Officer Commission on the Arts Sarah Foster, LBB Budget Analyst Tony Chauveaux, Chairman of the Board Thanked the Governor and Legislature for their generosity. Acknowledged the great success of the Commission. Spoke to the salary increases for the Executive Director. Answered questions. John Paul Batiste, Executive Director Talked briefly of some of the achievements of the Commission and the challenges for the future. Thanked the LBB for their help. Ricardo Hernandez, Deputy Director Answered questions. Registering, but not testifying: Mary Beak, Asst. Director of Finance Bobbe Crawford, Commissioner Gaye McElwain, Director of Marketing George F. Pond, Executive Director, Texas Cultural Trust Council Fred Snell, Director of Finance Mary Hardie Teeple, Commissioner Connie Ware, Commissioner Bond Review Board Marva Fleming, LBB Budget Analyst Jim Buie, Executive Director Spoke to the proposed budget and exceptional items. Answered questions. Wayne Roberts, Board Member Spoke to exceptional item # 2, salary increase for Executive Director. Texas Ethics Commission Jeff Scarpelli, LBB Budget Analyst Tom Harrison,Executive Director Spoke to the proposed budget and the high cost of the electronic filing system. Introduced members of the Board. Answered questions. Lem B. Allen, Chairman of the Board Commended the staff and the great job they do. Registering, but not testifying: Ernestine Glossbrenner, Commissioner Mickey Jo Lawrence, Commissioner Public Finance Authority Zelma Smith, LBB Budget Analyst Kimberly K. Edwards, Executive Director Agreed with the LBB recommendations. Answered questions. Daniel H. Branch, Chairman Gave a brief statement and overview of the past biennium. Answered questions. Fire Fighter's Pension Commissioner Stephanie Coates, LBB Budget Analyst Morris Sandeler, Commissioner Introduced the Board members. Gave an overview of what the Commission does and it's financial standing. Spoke to the exceptional items in proposed budget. Answered questions. Helen Campbell, Executive Director, State Fireman's & Marshal's Assoc. Speaking for the 20,000 members of her association. Supporting the proposed exceptional items. Registering, but not testifying: Robert Weiss, Self Joe Rice, Chairman, Pension Board H. Robert Epley, Actuarial Business Consultant Commission on State Emergency Communications Zelma Smith, LBB Budget Analyst Dorothy Turner, SAO James Goerke, Agency Director Gave an overview of what the Commission does and spoke to the exceptional items in proposed budget. Answered questions. Dorothy Morgan, Chair of Commission Introduced other Board members in attendance. Spoke to the exceptional item of the Executive Director's salary. Cary F. Spence, Deputy Director Answered many questions from the committee. Public Testimony: Doug Borys, Director, Central Texas Poison Center, Scott & White Hospital Dr. Chris Keyes, Medical Director of Poison Center, Associate Professor Tom Aday, Commissioner for 911 Services, Pharmacist Betty Voights, Executive Director, Capital Area Planning Council Registering, but not testifying: Michael Ellis, Director, South East Texas Poison Center John DeNeyelles, Commissioner General Services Commission Stanton Korn, LBB Budget Analyst Ken Levine, Sunset Commission Cindy Reid, SAO Gene Shull, Commissioner Spoke to the problems with keeping and hiring an Executive Director. Spoke to the exceptional items in proposed budget. Answered questions. Ann Dillon, Acting Executive Director Ms. Dillon has been the attorney for the General Services Commission and currently serving as the Acting Executive Director. Answered questions. Paul Schlimper, Purchasing Director Answered questions Sam Valdez, Deputy Director Support Answered questions on HUB's (Historically Underutilized Business) Henry W. Johnson, Division Director Answered questions on HUB's (Historically Underutilized Business) Frank Mayes Director, Vehicle Management Answered questions. Registering, but not testifying: Dorothy Sinclair, Fiscal Director There being no further business, at 5:02 p.m. Senator Truan moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered. ______________________ Senator Rodney Ellis, Chair ______________________ Myra J. Schmitt, Clerk .