Wednesday, January 31, 2001 
                           1:30 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  
         Redistricting was held on Wednesday, January 31, 2001,  
         in the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas. 
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Jeff Wentworth                  Senator Kenneth  
         Senator Mike Jackson 
         Senator David Cain 
         Senator Robert Duncan 
         Senator Rodney Ellis 
         Senator Florence Shapiro 
         Senator Judith Zaffirini 
         The chair called the meeting to order at 1:40 p.m.   
         There being a quorum present, the following business  
         was transacted:   
         The following members arrived after the roll was  
         Senator Mike Jackson 
         Senator Florence Shapiro 
         Lt. Governor Ratliff and Senators Bivins, Sibley, and  
         West were present at the meeting. 
         Senator Zaffirini moved to adopt the committee rules.   
         The motion was seconded by Senator Duncan.  There being  
         no objection, the rules were adopted. 
         Senator Zaffirini moved to adopt the committee minutes  
         from the previous meeting.  The motion was seconded by  
         Senator Duncan.  There being no objection, the minutes  
         were adopted.   
         A redistricting overview was provided by Legislative  
         Council.  Alan Ware, Program Director of Special  
         Projects and Redistricting, discussed the computer  
         system.  David Hanna, Legislative Counsel, briefed  
         attendees on the status of pending lawsuits and the  
         census data.  Jeff Archer , Senior Legislative Counsel,  
         spoke about the Voting Rights Act, Shaw v. Reno, and  
         other lawsuits of the 1990s.  The Legislative Council  
         representatives answered questions.   
         There being no further business, at 3:29 p.m., Senator  
         Zaffirini moved that the Committee stand recessed  
         subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection,  
         the motion passed.   
         Senator Jeff Wentworth, Chair 
         Erica Sadlon, Clerk