Wednesday, April 11, 2001 
                           1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment 
                                   Senate Chamber 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate  
         Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on  
         Redistricting was held on Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in  
         the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas. 
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Jeff Wentworth                  Senator Kenneth  
         Senator Mike Jackson 
         Senator David Cain 
         Senator Robert Duncan 
         Senator Rodney Ellis 
         Senator Florence Shapiro 
         Senator Judith Zaffirini 
         The chair called the meeting to order at 1:34 p.m.   
         There being a quorum present, the following business  
         was transacted:   
         The following members arrived after the roll call was  
         Senator Duncan 
         Senator Zaffirini moved to adopt the committee minutes  
         from the previous hearing on Thursday, April 5, 2001.   
         The motion was seconded by Senator Jackson.  There  
         being no objection, the minutes were adopted.   
         The chair announced that maps of his working senate  
         district plan were available at the hearing for  
         senators and media.  The chair provided an analysis of  
         the working plan, comparing his plan to the current  
         plan.  The chair explained that in his plan, no  
         senators are paired, every senator lives in his or her  
         own district, each district population falls within the  
         allowable population deviation, districts are more  
         compact, each district is contiguous, no voter  
         tabulation districts are split, and only ten counties  
         are split.  The chair stated that, according to his  
         committee legal staff, his plan complies with all  
         applicable statutory and constitutional guidelines.   
         Senator Jackson assumed the chair, laid out SJR 35, and  
         recognized Senator Wentworth to explain the bill.   
         Senator Wentworth sent up a committee substitute and  
         explained the difference between the committee  
         substitute and the bill as filed.  Public testimony was  
         taken on the bill as substituted, and committee members  
         questioned witnesses.  The chair closed public  
         testimony on the bill.  Senator Wentworth moved  
         adoption of the committee substitute.  The motion was  
         seconded by Senator Shapiro.  Without objection, the  
         motion was adopted.  Senator Wentworth moved CSSJR 35  
         be passed, printed, and reported favorably as  
         substituted to the Senate.  The motion carried with a  
         record vote of 5 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and  
         1 absent.  Senator Ellis was not present when the vote  
         was taken, but he asked to be shown in favor of the  
         vote.  Without objection, the motion passed.   
         Senator Wentworth assumed the chair.   
         Invited testimony on demographic growth patterns was  
         provided by Dr. Steve Murdock, Chief Demographer for  
         the Texas State Data Center, and committee members  
         asked questions.   
         A briefing on the status of pending lawsuits was  
         provided by committee staff counsels Jonathan Snare and  
         Michael Hemer.  Committee members asked questions.   
         Public testimony was taken, and witnesses were  
         The chair laid out HB 1754 and recognized Senator  
         Zaffirini, on behalf of Senator Van de Putte, to  
         explain the bill.  The chair recognized Ray Garcia,  
         Executive Director of the Texas Association of  
         Community Colleges, as a resource witness.  No  
         questions were asked of Mr. Garcia.  Senator Wentworth  
         stated that HB 1754 would be left pending due to a lack  
         of a quorum.   
         The chair announced the Senate Committee on  
         Redistricting would meet on Wednesday, April 18, 2001  
         at 1:30 p.m. or upon adjournment to hear testimony on  
         his working plan.  At the request of Senator Zaffirini,  
         the chair discussed the process of making changes to  
         his working plan.  The chair stated public testimony at  
         the next meeting would be open to all persons and could  
         involve his plan or any other redistricting topic.   
         There being no further business, at 2:41 p.m., Senator  
         Duncan moved the committee stand in recess, subject to  
         the call of the chair.  Without objection, the  
         committee recessed.   
         Senator Jeff Wentworth, Chair 
         Erica Sadlon, Clerk