Transportation & Homeland Security
8:00 AM, Tuesday, May 20, 2008
McAllen City Hall
Senator John Carona
The Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security will hold a
public hearing on Tuesday, May 20, at 8:00 a.m. in the City Council
Chambers of McAllen City Hall located at 1300 Houston Ave., McAllen,
Texas 78501.
The Committee will hear public and invited testimony regarding the
following interim charges:
Review the status of structurally deficient bridges and provide increased
oversight of TxDOT's bridge repair activities to ensure that any unsafe
bridges are identified and repaired as soon as possible.
Study the issue and amount of state agency expenditures on media
activities and the legal authority for such expenditures.  Develop
recommendations for guidelines to ensure appropriate use of state funds to
provide legitimate public education.
Monitor urban crime laboratories and their compliance with state laws
regulating their functions and make recommendations to restore public
trust in their functions and to ensure full compliance with federal
Homeland Security reporting requirements.  Specifically, review the report
report issued by the Independent Investigator for the Houston Police
Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room, the independent panel
review of certain criminal convictions prompted by the conclusions of this
report, and the implementation by the City of Houston of any reforms
recommended in this report.
** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **