Friday, March 31, 2006 
                                     2:00 p.m. 
                      Betty King Committee Hearing Room, 2E.20 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Veteran  
         Affairs & Military Installations was held on Friday, March 31,  
         2006, in the Betty King Committee Hearing Room, 2E.20, at  
         Austin, Texas. 
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Leticia Van de Putte            Senator Todd Staples 
         Senator Craig Estes                     Senator Eliot Shapleigh 
         Senator Chris Harris 
         The Chair called the meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.  There being  
         a quorum present, the following business was transacted:   
         Senator Van de Putte recognized Commissioner Ronnie Congleton,  
         who led the Committee in the Pledge of Allegiance. 
         The Chair made opening remarks and announced that the purpose of  
         the hearing was to discuss interim charge number 3, relating to  
         legislation passed during the 79th Regular Legislative Session.   
         The Chair also announced that the Committee would be functioning  
         under the same committee rules adopted during the 79th Regular  
         Session.  There being no questions or objections, it was so  
         Persons who provided invited and public testimony on interim  
         charge number 3 are listed on the attached witness list. 
         There being no further business, at 3:00 p.m., Senator Van de  
         Putte moved that the committee stand recessed subject to the  
         call of the chair; without objection, it was so ordered.   
           Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair  
           Sara Gonz lez, Clerk