RELATIONS, TRADE & TECHNOLOGY
                           Wednesday, January 15, 1997
                                     1:30 pm
                          Lt. Governor's Committee Room
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 
         11.11, a meeting of the Senate Committee on International 
         Relations, Trade & Technology was held on Wednesday, January 
         15, 1997 in Lt. Governor's Committee Room at Austin, Texas.  
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT:
         Senator Carlos F. Truan, Chairman       Senator Kenneth 
         Senator John Carona, Vice-Chairman      Senator Teel Bivins
         Senator Jon Lindsay                     Senator District 5
         Senator Eliot Shapleigh                 Senator Bill Ratliff
         Senator David Sibley
         Chairman Truan moved up the meeting time to 1:00 p.m. during 
         the Morning Session of the Senate and called the meeting to 
         order at 1:10 p.m.  There being a quorum present, the 
         following business was transacted:
         This was the Committee's organizational meeting for the 75th 
         Legislative Session.  Chairman Truan greeted the members 
         present, and proceeded to lay out the proposed Committee Rules 
         for adoption.  Vice-Chairman Carona moved to adopt the 
         proposed rules and Senator Sibley seconded the motion.  The 
         motion carried with a vote of 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not 
         voting, and 4 absent.  
         Chairman Truan then requested as a courtesy that any 
         amendments to bills brought before the Committee be submitted 
         24 hours in advance of the Committee's weekly meeting if 
         possible for the Committee Clerk to review.
         Chairman Truan next introduced the Committee Staff for the 
         75th Legislative Session and discussed the Committee's Interim 
         activities across the state, noting that the Committee's 
         Interim Report recommendations were being drafted into bills, 
         and invited Committee members to review and co-sponsor those 
         bills, if they wish.


         The Chair announced that the Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m. 
          in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.016 as long as the Senate 
         Finance Committee meets on a daily basis or until further 
         There being no further business, at 1:26 p.m. Senator Carona 
         moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of 
         the Chair.
         Senator Carlos Truan, Chair
         Carla Buckner, Clerk