COMMITTEE:    Finance 

TIME & DATE:  10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 

PLACE:        E1.036 (Finance Room) 
CHAIR:        Senator Steve Ogden 



The Senate Finance Committee will meet on August 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in room E1.036 of the Capitol Extension.  The Committee will hear invited and public testimony on the following interim charges:


·                Review the state's current spending limits and determine if statutory changes are needed to continue restraint of spending growth below the rate of inflation plus population growth.

·                Review current funding sources for regional law enforcement training and retention of law enforcement officers.  Make recommendations to meet funding needs over the long-term and ensure the physical safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans.

·                Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Finance, 82nd Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:

         - Receipts from major state taxes, and include a review of tax                      equity among industry groups and the impact on job creation and         

           economic growth;                                   

         - Federal, state, and local options for supporting Internet                  

           Crimes Against Children Task Forces (ICACs).                         



Those wishing to give public testimony, please limit prepared remarks to 3 minutes.  If submitting written testimony, please provide 25 copies, with your name on each copy, to the Committee during the hearing.