The House Committee on General Investigating 
         78th Legislature 
         May 15, 2003 
         8:00 a.m. or upon final adjourn./recess 
         Capitol Extension, E2.030 
         Pursuant to a notice posted on May 9, 2003, the House Committee  
         on General Investigating met in a public hearing and was called  
         to order by the acting chair, Representative Paxton at 8:03 a.m. 
         The roll was answered as follows: 
         Present:  Representatives Paxton; Flynn; Keel (3). 
         Absent:   Representatives Bailey; Dutton (2). 
         A quorum was present. 
         Representative Paxton acknowledged that Representative Larry  
         Phillips has joined us for this hearing. 
         Representative Paxton called on Reagan Greer, Executive Director  
         of the Texas Lottery Commission to give a statement and answer  
         The chair then called Gary Grief, Deputy Executive Director,  
         Texas Lottery Commission to explain his actions concerning the  
         purchase of equipment prior to approval of the Commissioners on  
         a rule change. Numerous questions were asked concerning the  
         authority of the Executive Director in regards to making  
         purchases without Commission Board approval. Current law allows  
         that discretion, but could be changed under the Commission  
         sunset legislation. 
         Representative Paxton then called on Kimberly Kiplin, General  
         Counsel, Texas Lottery Commission to explain her involvement in  
         both the rule change and the purchasing of equipment prior to  
         the rule change being approved. 
         The chair called on Ridgely  Bennett, Deputy General Counsel,  
         Texas Lottery Commission to explain the sole source purchase of  
         Representative Paxton then called on Dawn Nettles, Texas Lotto  
         Report, who explained various issues concerning the  commission,  
         including withholding information, cheating winners, and how  
         untimely promotional materials are distributed to retailers. 
         Under the pending Houston Police Crime lab investigation, the  
         clerk provided an update on the tele-video conferences with the  
         death row inmates and advised that our legal counsel would  
         furnish a written report for the committee. 
         At 9:58 a.m., on the motion of Representative Paxton and without  
         objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the  
         Rep. Paxton, Vice Chair 
         Roberta Bilsky, Clerk