MINUTES SENATE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS & COMMERCE Subcommittee on Border Affairs Wednesday, February 14, 2001 2:00 p.m. or upon adjournment Senate Chamber ***** Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce was held on Wednesday, February 14, 2001, in the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas. ***** MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS ABSENT: Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. Senator John Carona Senator Eliot Shapleigh ***** The chair called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: The chair introduced the committee and the committee staff. The chair laid out the proposed rules, noted removal of draft rule #15. Senator Shapleigh moved for adoption of the subcommittee rules. There being no objection, the rules were adopted at 2:07 p.m. The chair presented remarks regarding the history of the committee, and the issue of the transportation along the NAFTA corridor. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. Senator Shapleigh made statements regarding infrastructure and transportation. Chairman John W. Johnson of the Texas Transportation Commission testified on border transportation issues. Assistant Executive Director of TX Dot for Border Trade and Transportation, Ed Wueste testified on border transportation issues. Senator Shapleigh asked about the level of financial support at the federal level. Senator Lucio asked Mr. Johnson to put in writing how much money is appropriated to Texas from the federal government for border transportation concerns. Secretary of State Henry Cuellar testified on border transportation issues. Senator Shapleigh left at 2:50 p.m. Major Coy Clanton of the Department of Public Safety testified on border transportation issues. Judge Jose Eloy Pulido of Hidalgo County testified on border transportation issues. Judge Dolores Briones of El Paso testified on border transportation issues. Robert Harrison, Director of the UT Center for Transportation Research testified on border transportation issues. Senator Shapleigh returned at 3:45 Senator Lucio asked Dr. Harrison to provide in writing the top 3 priorities for border transportation based on his areas of expertise. Senator Shapleigh inquired about retrofitting of the "913 model" to which Mr. Wueste replied that TXDOT and TTI are looking into it. At 3:55 p.m. public testimony was closed. At 3:56 p.m. Senator Shapleigh moved that the committee stand recessed until subject to call of the chair.; without objection, it was so ordered.