1-1           WHEREAS, Billy Hamilton, deputy comptroller of public
 1-2     accounts, has had a long and distinguished career that has spanned
 1-3     three decades and three Texas comptrollers:  Bob Bullock, John
 1-4     Sharp, and Carole Keeton Rylander; and
 1-5           WHEREAS, For nine years, Mr. Hamilton has demonstrated his
 1-6     outstanding leadership skills as deputy comptroller, and for his
 1-7     exemplary work he was given the Administrator of the Year Award by
 1-8     the Texas State Agency Business Administrators Association; he has
 1-9     also served as executive director for the Select Committee on Tax
1-10     Equity and as chief revenue estimator of Texas, and he survived the
1-11     tax reform of the 75th Texas Legislature; and
1-12           WHEREAS, This esteemed gentleman organized and managed the
1-13     nationally recognized Texas Performance Reviews of 1991, 1993,
1-14     1994, and 1996, identifying a combined total of more than $11.5
1-15     billion in potential savings while ensuring numerous improvements
1-16     in the performance of state government; and
1-17           WHEREAS, Mr. Hamilton designed, planned, and directed the
1-18     Texas Information Technology (IT) Academy, a collaborative effort
1-19     between state government agencies and the private sector to help
1-20     the state recruit, train, and retain IT workers while also
1-21     expanding the private IT labor pool in Texas; moreover, he created
1-22     the Agency's Renaissance Project:  Rethinking the Way We Do
1-23     Business, invoking a new period of employee creativity,
1-24     inventiveness, and innovation to improve service to citizens of
 2-1     Texas, and this project has now expanded to include the annual Idea
 2-2     Fair; and
 2-3           WHEREAS, Recognized for his expertise in tax administration
 2-4     and financial management, Mr. Hamilton is the past president and
 2-5     current board member of the National Tax Association and the
 2-6     National Federation of Tax Administrators; he was the first
 2-7     recipient of the Bob Bullock Award for Public Stewardship presented
 2-8     by the Government Technology Conference; and
 2-9           WHEREAS, This McGregor, Texas, native graduated from The
2-10     University of Texas at Austin with highest honors and the Lyndon B.
2-11     Johnson School of Public Affairs, and the LBJ School presented him
2-12     its first Distinguished Alumni Award; Mr. Hamilton is a devoted
2-13     husband and father, and he and his wife, Chris, have raised three
2-14     outstanding children:  Kelly, Michael, and Mark; and
2-15           WHEREAS, Referencing the contributions of Billy Hamilton to
2-16     the State of Texas evokes an expression he is wont to use:  "It's
2-17     like eating potato chips--or Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:  Once you
2-18     start, it's hard to stop"; now, therefore, be it
2-19           RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 77th Texas
2-20     Legislature hereby honor Billy Hamilton on the occasion of his 50th
2-21     birthday and extend to him sincere best wishes for continued
2-22     success and happiness in all his endeavors.
         Laney                   Goodman                  Merritt
         Alexander               Goolsby                  Miller
         Allen                   Gray                     Moreno of Harris
         Averitt                 Green                    Moreno of El Paso
         Bailey                  Grusendorf               Morrison
         Berman                  Gutierrez                Mowery
         Bonnen                  Haggerty                 Naishtat
         Bosse                   Hamric                   Najera
         Brimer                  Hardcastle               Nixon
         Brown of Kaufman        Hartnett                 Noriega
         Brown of Brazos         Hawley                   Oliveira
         Burnam                  Heflin                   Olivo
         Callegari               Hilbert                  Pickett
         Capelo                  Hilderbran               Pitts
         Carter                  Hill                     Puente
         Chavez                  Hinojosa                 Ramsay
         Chisum                  Hochberg                 Rangel
         Christian               Hodge                    Raymond
         Clark                   Homer                    Reyna of Bexar
         Coleman                 Hope                     Reyna of Dallas
         Cook                    Hopson                   Ritter
         Corte                   Howard                   Sadler
         Counts                  Hunter                   Salinas
         Crabb                   Hupp                     Seaman
         Craddick                Isett                    Shields
         Crownover               Janek                    Smith
         Danburg                 Jones of Lubbock         Smithee
         Davis of Harris         Jones of Bexar           Solis
         Davis of Dallas         Jones of Dallas          Solomons
         Delisi                  Junell                   Swinford
         Denny                   Keel                     Talton
         Deshotel                Keffer                   Telford
         Driver                  King of Parker           Thompson
         Dukes                   King of Uvalde           Tillery
         Dunnam                  Kitchen                  Truitt
         Dutton                  Kolkhorst                Turner of Coleman
         Edwards                 Krusee                   Turner of Harris
         Ehrhardt                Kuempel                  Uher
         Eiland                  Lewis of Tarrant         Uresti
         Elkins                  Lewis of Orange          Villarreal
         Ellis                   Longoria                 Walker
         Farabee                 Luna                     West
         Farrar                  McCall                   Williams
         Flores                  McClendon                Wilson
         Gallego                 McReynolds               Wise
         Garcia                  Madden                   Wohlgemuth
         George                  Marchant                 Wolens
         Geren                   Martinez Fischer         Woolley
         Giddings                Maxey                    Yarbrough
         Glaze                   Menendez                 Zbranek
                                                   Speaker of the House
               I certify that H.R. No. 725 was adopted by the House on April
         9, 2001, by a non-record vote.
                                                 Chief Clerk of the House