Monday, July 18, 2005 
                                     9:00 a.m. 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on  
         Administration was held on Monday, July 18, 2005, in the E1.714 
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Chris Harris                    Senator Juan Hinojosa 
         Senator Kyle Janek                      Senator Jeff Wentworth 
         Senator Florence Shapiro                Senator John Whitmire 
         Senator Leticia Van de Putte 
         The chair called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.  There being  
         a quorum present, the following business was transacted:   
         Senator Harris invited Patsy Spaw, the Secretary of the Senate,  
         to testify before the committee on the Senate's appropriations  
         for the upcoming biennium and the 4% State Employee Pay Raise.   
         Senator Harris invited Senate Auditor, Mark Garcia, to answer  
         questions for the committee on the State Employee Pay Raise. 
         At 10:25 a.m. Senator Janek assumed the chair.  Senator Harris  
         laid out each committee's proposed budget amount and any  
         exception letters that were submitted.  Senator Harris moved to  
         adopt each budget at the proposed rate; without objection, it  
         was so ordered.  Proposed budget amounts were:  
         Subcommittee on Agriculture & Coastal Resources-$91,500 
         Subcommittee on Base Realignment & Closure-$97,423 
         Business and Commerce-$384,450 
         Criminal Justice-$415,781 and one salary exemption letter 
         Education-$343,330 and one salary exemption letter 
         Government Organization-$357,745 
         Health and Human Services-$377,822 and one salary exemption  
         Subcommittee on Higher Education-$100,484 
         Intergovernmental Relations-$323,270 
         International Relations-$292,169 
         Natural Resources-$362,332 
         State Affairs-$351,779 and one salary exemption letter 
         Transportation and Homeland Security-$275,400 
         Veterans Affairs & Military Installations-$185,694 
         Senator Harris moved that the committee present an across the  
         board pay raise for all Senate Employees to the Senate Caucus  
         for approval; without objection, it was so ordered. 
         At 10:32 a.m. Senator Harris resumed the chair.   
         There being no further business, at 10:33 a.m. Senator Harris  
         moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of  
         the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered.   
         Senator Chris Harris, Chair 
         Tara Rejino, Clerk