SENATE COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS 
                             Monday, February 10, 2003 
                                     3:00 p.m. 
                           Capitol Extension, Room E1.016 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Nominations  
         was held on Monday, February 10, 2003, in the Capitol Extension  
         Room E1.016, at Austin, Texas. 
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Jon Lindsay                     Senator John Carona 
         Senator Bob Deuell 
         Senator Gonzalo Barrientos 
         Senator Chris Harris 
         Senator Juan Hinojosa 
         Senator Mike Jackson 
         The chair called the meeting to order at 3:22 p.m.  There being  
         a quorum present, the following business was transacted:   
         The following members arrived after the roll was called: 
         Senator Barrientos                            
         Senator Harris 
         Senator Harris moved to adopt the minutes from the previous  
         meeting.  Without objection, the minutes were adopted with 5  
         ayes and 0 nays. 
         With a quorum not present, Chairman Lindsay laid out the  
         nominees to the following entities: Aircraft Pooling Board,  
         Texas Animal Health Commission, State Board of Barber Examiners,  
         Coastal Coordination Council ( Jeb Boyt standing to show he was  
         present to answer any questions), Texas Cosmetology Commission,  
         Crime Stoppers Advisory Council, Commission on State Emergency  
         Communications,  Texas Board of Professional  Engineers (pulling  
         down Shannon K. McClendon -Dripping Springs, Expiration Date  
         09/26/2003), Finance Commission of Texas and the Fire Fighter's  
         Pension Commission.   
         Chairman Lindsay asked whether there was any objection on each;  
         there being none when a quorum was present, each nominee was  
         voted upon and approved. 
         The Chair then took up Diane Rath from the Texas Workforce  
         Commission and asked the Committee if there were any questions. 
         Senator Hinojosa was concerned about Local Control in Hidalgo  
         County regarding general public monies. 
         Senator Wentworth was present at 3:35 p.m. for a late  
         introduction of Chairman Rath, giving her background and  
         acknowledging the countless years of friendship the two had,  
         asking the Committee to vote her nomination in unanimously. 
         The Chair recognized Senator Barrientos who inquired about the  
         Commission's budget including where the money is distributed.  
         Senator Barrientos also asked how the Commissioner intends to  
         comply with the 7 percent budget cut requested by the Governor.   
         Chairman Rath answered the questions with how much was in her  
         budget, how much the federal government matched, how much money  
         went into child care and the skills/training program, the  
         proprietory schools and how everything was cut except for the  
         skills development program. 
         Senator Barrientos requested a copy of a breakdown of the number  
         of employees and ethnicity of each. 
         Chairman Rath gave the figures verbally and stated she will send  
         them in writing to Senator Barrientos. 
         Chairman Lindsay asked how many Boards the commission had and  
         how much money was contributed locally. 
         Chairman Rath replied with there being twenty-eight Boards,  
         requiring eleven million dollars in child care, and there was  
         twenty-four million raised last year in revenue.  The state  
         matched the funds which come from local charitable funds. 
         Chairman Lindsay then referred to the three letters of  
         recommendation sent on behalf of Chairman Rath. 
         The Chair then asked if there were any other questions; there  
         being none the vote was taken. 
         There being 5 ayes and 0  nays, Chairman Rath's nomination was  
         There being no other business at 3:56 p.m., Chairman Lindsay  
         announced the committee would stand in recess subject to the  
         call of the chair.  There being no objections, the committee  
         Jon Lindsay, Chairman                                                      
         Tanya Tillman, Committee Clerk