NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: State Affairs

TIME & DATE: 10:00AM, Wednesday, April 12, 2000

PLACE: Houston, Texas

CHAIR: Senator Florence Shapiro


The Senate Committee on State Affairs and the Special Committee on Border
Affairs will meet in a joint hearing at 10:00 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel,
2525 West Loop South, Houston, Texas.

     Discussion of Committee Charge #1:  Evaluate the state's intermodal
transportation planning efforts with an emphasis on NAFTA-related trade
corridors and their impact on both metropolitan and rural areas of the
state.  The Committee shall address all modes of transportation including
highways, farm-to-market roads, turnpikes, mass transit, aviation,
railroads, and water traffic.  The Committee shall determine whether the
state is maximizing federal funding levels, and evaluate alternative and
innovative methods of transportation funding and develop recommendations
for their use.  The Committee shall coordinate study of this issue with
the Special Committee on Border Affairs.

     Discussion of Committee Charge #3:  Evaluate the safety of the state's
commercial trucking industry, including the safety of roads and bridges;
enforcement of truck safety regulations by the Department of Public Safety
and other law enforcement entities; the effectiveness of current laws
relating to oversize and overweight vehicles; and the adequacy of the fee
structure designed to compensate county governments for road repair.


Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need
auxiliary aids or services, such as interpreters for persons who are deaf
or hearing impaired, are requested to contact Cindy Hodges at (512)463-0380
at least one week prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made.