Wednesday, February 9, 2000 
                                     2:00 p.m. 
                                Abilene Civic Center 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Redistricting  
         was held on Wednesday, February 9, 2000, in the Abilene Civic  
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Troy Fraser                     Senator Robert Duncan 
         Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.             Senator Frank Madla 
         Senator Gonzalo Barrientos              Senator Florence Shapiro 
         Senator Mike Jackson 
         Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. 
         Senator Jane Nelson 
         Senator Steve Ogden 
         Senator Royce West 
         Co-chair Fraser called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m.  There  
         being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:   
         Co-chair Fraser made opening remarks thanking the City of  
         Abilene for hosting the hearing.  He thanked all the public for  
         attending and giving their input into the Redistricting process. 
         Representative Bob Hunter also made comments welcoming the  
         Senate and House members to Abilene and thanking the city for  
         their hospitality.  He introduced city officials that were  
         present at the meeting. 
         Co-chair Gallegos thanked the City of Abilene and introduced all  
         of the Senate members. 
         Chairman Jones introduced all of the House members that were  
         Co-chair Fraser introduced the Senate staff for Redistricting:  
         Doug Davis (Committee Director), Tara Cowen Rejino (Committee  
         Clerk) and Steve Foster (General Counsel).   
         Chairman Jones introduced House Redistricting staff, Glen Hunt  
         (Committee Clerk). 
         Senators Barrientos, Lucio, Co-chair Gallegos, and  
         Representative Keffer talked about the Redistricting process. 
         Co-chair  Fraser laid out the Senate Rules for adoption.   
         Senator Barrientos questioned why his copy of the rules referred  
         only to a singular "chair".  Co-chair Fraser pointed out that  
         the rules in the Senators' notebooks, and before the committee  
         for adoption, referred to plural "Co-chairs".   
         Senator West asked whether the rules would allow written  
         testimony to be accepted without a person testifying at the  
         hearing.  Co-chair Fraser explained that the testimony would be  
         accepted in accordance with Senate rules. 
         The Rules were then adopted without any objection. 
         Co-chair Fraser then laid out the proposed hearing schedule for  
         adoption.  Co-chair Gallegos asked whether the Rio Grande Valley  
         location had been chosen.  Co-chair Fraser explained that the  
         site had not been chosen, but that staff were working on a site  
         for proposal.  Senator Barrientos pointed out the September 16th  
         Austin hearing date as being the Diez y Seis de Septiembre,  
         which the Co-chair said the committee would take into  
         consideration. Co-chair Gallegos moved that the hearing schedule  
         be adopted.  Without objection the schedule was adopted with the  
         understanding that the Chairs of both committees could modify  
         the schedule by mutual agreement. 
         Co-chair Fraser introduced David Hanna, Alan Ware and Kelly  
         Hosak of the Texas Legislative Council for a presentation on  
         Co-chair Gallegos motioned that the committee limit public  
         testimony to 3 minutes.  The motion passed with a record vote of  
         8 "ayes", 0 "nays".  After some discussion on the motion  
         Co-chair Gallegos moved to reconsider the vote, and Co-chair  
         Gallegos' motion was withdrawn without objection. 
         At 3:30, Co-chair Fraser opened up public testimony.  Witnesses  
         testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.   
         Chairman Jones read a statement on Redistricting. 
         There being no further business, at 4:46 p.m. Co-Chair Fraser  
         moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of  
         the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered.   
         Senator Troy Fraser, Co-chair 
         Senator Mario Gallegos, Co-chair 
         Tara Cowen Rejino, Clerk