Amend CSHB 2702 by adding the following appropriately 
numbered SECTION and renumbering subsequent SECTIONS accordingly:
In this section, "region" means the region formed by two contiguous 
counties each containing a municipality having a population of at 
least 530,000 and the counties adjacent to one or both of those 
	(b)  The Regional Transit System Review Committee is created 
to conduct public hearings regarding, and study the implications 
of, implementing regional transit service in the region.
	(c)  The committee consists of:                                                
		(1)  each member of the legislature who represents a 
district that contains territory in the region;
		(2)  each mayor of a municipality in the region;                              
		(3)  each county judge and commissioner in the region; 
		(4)  the executive director of each transportation 
authority in the region. 
	(d)  In conducting hearings and studies the committee shall:                   
		(1)  examine whether a seamless system of transit 
systems should be offered throughout the region;
		(2)  examine whether there should be a mechanism for 
additional counties to participate in the regional transit system; 
		(3)  perform a review of funding and financing options.                       
	(e)  The initial meeting of the committee shall take place 
before September 30, 2005. At the initial meeting the committee 
shall adopt rules governing the committee and establish a work plan 
and schedule for future meetings.
	(f)  The committee may accept gifts, grants, technical 
support, or any other resources from any source to carry out the 
functions of the committee.
	(g)  Not later than September 1, 2006, the committee shall 
issue a report summarizing:
		(1)  hearings conducted by the committee;                                     
		(2)  studies conducted by the committee;                                      
		(3)  any legislation proposed by the committee; and                           
		(4)  any other findings or recommendations of the 
	(h)  This section expires September 1, 2007.