Thursday, February 3, 2005 
                                     9:00 a.m. 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on  
         Administration was held on Thursday, February 3, 2005, in the  
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Chris Harris                    Senator Florence Shapiro 
         Senator Juan Hinojosa 
         Senator Kyle Janek 
         Senator Leticia Van de Putte 
         Senator Jeff Wentworth 
         Senator John Whitmire 
         The chair called the meeting to order at 9:02 a.m.  There being  
         a quorum present, the following business was transacted:   
         The chair laid out the Administration Committee rules.  Senator  
         Harris moved that the rules be adopted. Senator Whitmire  
         seconded the motion; without objection, the rules were adopted. 
         Senator Harris laid out each committee's proposed budget amount  
         and any exception letters that were submitted.  Senator Hinojosa  
         moved to adopt each budget at the proposed rate and Senator Van  
         de Putte seconded each motion.  Proposed budget amounts were:  
         Subcommittee on Agriculture & Coastal Resources-$37,595 
         Subcommittee on Base Realignment & Closure-$44,850 
         Business and Commerce-$160,950 
         Criminal Justice-$177,682 and one salary exemption letter 
         Government Organization-$155,000 
         Health and Human Services-$175,973 
         Subcommittee on Higher Education-$46,666 
         Intergovernmental Relations-$136,880 
         International Relations-$124,880 
         Natural Resources-$150,783 
         State Affairs-$145,300 and one salary exemption letter 
         Transportation and Homeland Security-$137,950 
         Veterans Affairs & Military Installations-$82,200 
         The chair and the members discussed Senate floor etiquette and  
         ways to keep the noise level down. 
         At 9:18 a.m. Senator Harris moved that the committee stand  
         recessed until the call of the chair; without objection, it was  
         so ordered.   
         Tara Rejino 
         Committee Clerk 
         Chris Harris, Chair 
         Senate Administration