SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 
                             Tuesday, March 16, 1999 
                                    9:00 a.m. 
                         Capitol Extension, Room E1.036 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.11, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance was  
         held on Tuesday, March 16, 1999 in the Capitol Extension, Room  
         E1.036, at Austin, Texas.   
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Bill Ratliff                    Senator Robert Duncan 
         Senator Carlos Truan                    Senator Troy Fraser 
         Senator Gonzalo Barrientos              Senator Mario  
                                                 Gallegos, Jr. 
         Senator John Carona 
         Senator Jon Lindsay 
         Senator Mike Moncrief 
         Senator Steve Ogden 
         Senator Royce West 
         The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:05 am.  There being  
         a quorum present, the following business was transacted.   
         The following members arrived after the roll was called:   
         Senator Ogden. 
         The Committee resumed its markup session on the General  
         Appropriations Bill (Senate Bill 2) and worked on the  
              Supreme Court 
              Court of Criminal Appeals 
              Courts of Appeals 
              Office of Court Administration 
              State Prosecuting Attorney 
              State Law Library 
              Court Reporters Certification Board 
              Commission on Judicial Conduct 
              Judiciary Section Comptrollers Department 
              Judiciary - Special Provisions 
         The Committee adopted specific items included in the  
         Legislative Budget Board (LBB) markup document for each  
         agency.  A formal vote will be taken on the adopted items at  
         the end of the markup process. 
         The motion made Senator Truan to adopt Items #1 and #3 (with  
         UB between years of biennium for all appellate courts) in the  
         Supreme Court's markup document, was adopted with a vote of 6  
         ayes and 1 nay (Senator Barrientos in opposition).  
         Action taken on items not included in the LBB markup document  
         includes the following: 
              During the markup session on the Office of  Court  
              Administration, Senator Barrientos sent up a  proposed  
              rider sponsored by Senator Zaffirini that will allow the  
              agency to cover the cost of fifteen special foster care  
              courts in the nine administrative judicial regions of the  
              State contingent on the passage of SB 1735.  The item was  
              left pending. 
              Also during discussions on the Office Court  
              Administration, Senator West sent up a proposed rider to  
              create a student loan repayment program for assistance to  
              certain individuals who accept clerkships or temporary  
              attorney positions in the courts.  The item was left  
              Senator West sent up a proposed rider to establish a  
              judicial internship program for Texas appellate and trial  
              courts.  The item was left pending. 
              Senator West sent up a funding request for a Drug Court  
              Pilot Program that would fund four existing drug courts  
              in Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Beaumont and Austin) and  
              create two additional courts in Conroe and Laredo.  The  
              item was left pending. 
         Witnesses called on to answer questions of the Committee are  
         shown on the attached list. 
         There being no further business, at 1:10 p.m. Senator Ratliff  
         moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of  
         the Chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered.   
         Senator Bill Ratliff, Chair 
         Patricia Hicks, Clerk