SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
                               Monday, March 10, 1997
                                      9:00 am
                           Capitol Extension, Room E1.036
            Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 
            11.11, an open meeting of the Senate Committee on Finance 
            was held on Monday, March 10, 1997 in the Capitol 
            Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.  
            MEMBERS PRESENT:                    MEMBERS ABSENT:
            Senator Bill Ratliff                Senator Eddie Lucio, 
            Senator Kenneth Armbrister
            Senator Gonzalo Barrientos
            Senator Mike Moncrief
            Senator Jane Nelson
            Senator David Sibley
            Senator Jeff Wentworth
            Senator Royce West
            Senator Judith Zaffirini
            The following members arrived after the roll was called:  
            Senator Carlos Truan
            Senator Teel Bivins
            Senator J.E. Brown
            The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:10 am.  There 
            being a quorum present, the following business was 
            The Committee began markup on the General Appropriations 
            Bill (S.B. 5) and discussed agency budget issues falling 
            under Articles I through III.
            Committee members called on Legislative Budget Board staff 
            to answer questions.
            The Committee recessed at 10:40 am.
            The Committee resumed its markup session on the General 
            Appropriations Bill at 1:10  pm and discussed agency budget 

            issues falling under Articles III through V.
            At  3:00 pm, Senator Ratliff moved that the Committee stand 
            recessed until 9:00 am, Tuesday, March 11, 1997 to continue 
            markup.  Without objection, it was so ordered.  
            Senator Bill Ratliff, Chair