Wednesday, February 5, 2003 
                                     1:00 p.m. 
                                   Senate Chamber 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Government  
         Organization was held on Wednesday, February 5, 2003, in the  
         Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas. 
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Rodney Ellis                    Senator Jeff Wentworth 
         Senator Kenneth Armbrister 
         Senator Teel Bivins                      
         Senator Kim Brimer                       
         Senator Bill Ratliff 
         Senator John Whitmire 
         The Chair called the meeting to order at 1:05p.m.  There being a  
         quorum present, the following business was transacted: 
         The following members arrived after the roll was called:   
         Senator Teel Bivins 
         Senator John Whitmire 
         The Chair laid out the proposed committee rules.  Senator  
         Armbrister moved that the proposed committee rules be adopted.   
         The motion carried with a vote 6 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not  
         voting and 1 absent. 
         Ruthie Ford, representing Office of Comptroller, testified on  
         the Total Impact for all six statewide performance reviews,  
         E-Texas Report Scorecard and E-Texas Report Savings and Revenue  
         The Chair interrupted Ford's testimony to recognize Lieutenant  
         Governor Dewhurst.  Lt. Governor Dewhurst commented on the  
         committee's charge and experience of the committee he appointed  
         to help state leaders find ways to save money and reorganize  
         After the Lt. Governor's comments, Ford continued with her  
         Joey Longley, representing Sunset Advisory Commission, testified  
         on the 2003 Sunset Review and Sunset Report Card. 
         Senator Ratliff asked for clarification on the rule regarding  
         amendments to tax bills or Sunset bills (Rule 7.16).   
         Parliamentarian, Walter Fisher, will confer with Senator Ellis'  
         staff and get back with members regarding the rule.  
         There being no further business, at 2:07 p.m., Senator Ellis  
         moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of  
         the Chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered.   
         Senator Rodney Ellis, Chair 
         Karen Domino, Clerk