Thursday, March 4, 1999 
                                     8:30 am 
                         Capitol Extension, Room E1.028 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.11, a public hearing Senate Subcommittee on Technology &  
         Business Growth was held on Thursday, March 4, 1999 in the  
         Capitol Extension, Room E1.028, at Austin, Texas.   
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Troy Fraser                     None 
         Senator Frank Madla 
         Senator John Carona 
         Senator Mike Jackson 
         Senator John Whitmire 
         The Chair called the meeting to order at 8:40 am.  There being  
         a quorum present, the following business was transacted.   
         The following members arrived after the roll was called:   
         Senator Madla and Senator Whitmire 
         Senator Carona moved adoption of the minutes from the previous  
         hearing, February 25, 1999.  Without objection the minutes  
         were adopted. 
         The Chair brought up pending business, SB 274 from the  
         February 25, 1999 meeting.  Senator Carona pulled down the  
         Committee Substitute that was adopted during the last meeting  
         without any objections. 
         Senator Carona sent up a new committee substitute; the Chair  
         recognized Shannon Ratliff to explain the difference between  
         the committee substitute and the bill as filed.  Senator  
         Carona moved adoption of the committee substitute, without  
         objection, it was so ordered. 
         Senator Jackson moved that SB 274 do not pass but that CSSB  
         274 be reported back to the full Committee with the  
         recommendation that it do pass.  The motion carried with a  
         vote of 3 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent.   
         The Chair laid out SB 598 and recognized the author, Senator  
         Duncan, to explain the bill.   
         Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on  
         the attached list.   
         At 10:00 the Chair recessed until 30 minutes after the  
         Legislative Session. 
         The Subcommittee reconvened at 12:15pm and continued hearing  
         Senator Fraser moved that SB 598 be left pending so that the  
         author could review the testimony given and amendments could  
         be created, if needed; without objection, it was so ordered. 
         Amendments should be turned in to Senator Duncan's Office by  
         5:00pm on Tuesday, March 9, 1999. 
         There being no further business, at 12:35 pm Senator Fraser  
         moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of  
         the Chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered.   
         Senator Troy Fraser, Chair 
         Tara Cowen, Clerk