Tuesday, September 16, 1997 
                                     9:30 am 
                                 Senate Chamber 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.11, a public hearing of the Senate Interim Committee on  
         Criminal Justice was held on Tuesday, September 16, 1997 in  
         the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas.   
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator John Whitmire                   None 
         Senator Jane Nelson 
         Senator Bill Ratliff 
         Senator Florence Shapiro 
         Senator Royce West 
         The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:40 am.  There being  
         a quorum present, the following business was transacted.   
         The following members arrived after the roll was called:   
         The Chair laid out the Committee rules, Senator Shapiro moved  
         that they be adopted. The clerk took a vote  the motion moved  
         with 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent.               
         Witnesses testifying and registering on the interim charge are  
         shown on the attached list.   
         There being no further business, at 6:11 pm Senator Whitmire  
         announced that the Committee stand recessed subject to the  
         call of the Chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered.   
         Senator John Whitmire, Chair 
         Cindy Hodges, Clerk