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78th Session Interim
- December 16, 2004
- November 9, 2004
- November 8, 2003: [ PART: I - II ]
- October 26, 2003: [ PART: I - II ]
- October 25, 2004
- October 19, 2004
- October 18, 2004
- October 11, 2004 - SUBCOMMITTEE ON STATE CONTRACTING PRACTICES
- October 11, 2004
- October 5, 2004
- October 4, 2004
- September 28, 2004
- September 27, 2004
- September 27, 2004 - SUBCOMMITTEE ON STATE CONTRACTING PRACTICES
- September 21, 2004
- September 20, 2004
- September 13, 2004
- July 20, 2004 - JOINT HEARING W/ SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDU.
- July 19, 2004 - JOINT HEARING W/ SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDU.
- July 19, 2004
- June 8, 2004 - JOINT HEARING W/ SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDU.
- June 7, 2004 - JOINT HEARING W/ STATE AFFAIRS
- May 25, 2004
- May 24, 2004 - JOINT HEARING W/ HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
- May 14, 2004 [ AM - PM ]
- April 27, 2004 [ AM - PM ]
- April 26, 2004
- April 13, 2004
- April 13, 2004 - JOINT HEARING W/ IDS COMMITTEE
- April 12, 2004
- March 30, 2004
- March 29, 2004
- March 16, 2004
- March 15, 2004
78th Third Called Session
78th First Called Session
Conference Committee on HB1 Hearings
78th Regular Session
- May 24, 2003
- May 23, 2003: [ AM - PM-1 - PM-2 ]
- May 22, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- May 13, 2003
- May 12, 2003
- May 8, 2003
- May 5, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- April 25, 2003
- April 24, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- April 16, 2003
- April 15, 2003
- April 11, 2003
- April 10, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- April 9, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- April 8, 2003
- March 28, 2003
- March 27, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- March 12, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- March 7, 2003
- March 6, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- March 5, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- March 4, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- March 3, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 27, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 26, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 25, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 24, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 20, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 19, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 18, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 13, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 12, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- February 11, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
- January 29, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
The following reports are available for download:
- The following items are the Senate Committee on Finance Interim Reports to the 79th Legislature:
- General Budget and Tax Issues (15.4 MB, PDF format)
- General Government, Public Safety, and Economic Development (9.6 MB, PDF format)
- Health and Human Services (6.7 MB, PDF format)
- HHS Report Appendix (5.8 MB, PDF format)
- Higher Education (8.1 MB, PDF format)
- General Budget Oversight. Monitor state agency implementation of House Bill 1 by reviewing key strategies, programs, and rider provisions.
- Revenue Oversight. Monitor and track the Texas' key revenue sources. Develop recommendations to keep the Legislature apprised of key revenue source activity throughout the duration of this and future fiscal biennia.
Health & Human Services
- Major Health-related Caseload and Cost Estimates. Study the sources of and means by which state agencies track and report on budget-driving caseload and health care cost increases submitted to the Legislature. Make recommendations for improvement, as needed.
- Monitor Implementation of Article II Reorganization. Monitor the budget elements of the Health and Human Services Commission reorganization. Coordinate work with the Legislative Oversight Committee and the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.
- Conduct Comprehensive Data Review of All Programs in Article II. Develop comprehensive tables of information on programs at each agency that convey historical information about method of finance, appropriations, program description, performance highlights, number of FTEs, and date of last audit in a manner that is conducive to the Legislature's decision-making.
- Funding for Homeland Security. Monitor and report on the amount and uses of federal homeland security dollars in Texas appropriated through the Governor's Office and directly to local governments.
Public & Higher Education
- Tuition Deregulation. Study the budgetary impact of legislation to deregulate tuition at institutions of higher education. This study should include, but not be limited to, a review of recent tuition increases authorized by this Act, their impact on affordability of higher education, and an evaluation of the expenditure of these funds.
- Tuition Revenue Bond Authorization. Review recent history and beneficiaries of TRB authorization by previous legislatures. Recommend procedures, criteria and priorities for potential new TRB authorizations and funding sources for the 79th Legislature.
- Nature and Use of Local Funds. Develop a representative sample profile of local funds at various types of agencies and institutions of higher education and report on amounts, revenue sources, expenditures, and how these funds impact the use of General Revenue appropriated in the General Appropriations Act.
- Funding for Higher Education. Study all funding of institutions of higher education in conjunction with the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee. Assess the cost and requirements of increasing the number of Tier 1 universities in Texas. Reexamine current and alternative methods for funding regional universities, health science centers and their reimbursement for the provision of indigent health care, community colleges, and universities.
- Accountability. Study and make recommendations, in conjunction with the Senate Higher Education Subcommittee, relating to the development of a statewide accountability system for higher education that is consistent with funding strategies for higher education.
- Public School Finance. Provide support for the Joint Select Committee on the revenue and property tax relief portion of public school finance. Also, examine ad valorem taxation in Texas, focusing on the establishment of growth caps and the impact of caps on local government finances.
Natural Resources & Economic Development
- Fund 006. Review revenue sources into and appropriations out of Fund 006. Review policy decisions by the 78th Legislature that will impact the future of the Fund. Make recommendations for improvement, as needed.
- Enterprise Fund. Monitor and report on current and potential future uses of the Enterprise Fund. Study and develop recommendations for using economic development funds and assessing potential projects, including, but not limited to, establishing criteria for investment, developing standards for cost-benefit analyses, leveraging local participation, and incorporating claw-back provisions if goals are not met.
General Government, Regulatory, & Judiciary
- Review of Fees. Conduct comprehensive review of and report on fees at state regulatory agencies, including historical information on fee amount, expenditures, appropriations, populations affected and general impact to the state budget.
- Revisit Rising Health Care Cost Study of the 77th Legislature. Review the cost study and determine which cost elements of the study have not been controlled and make recommendations to the 79th Legislature to address bringing them under control. Examine the budget impact of policy decisions of the 78th Legislature and make recommendations for improvement.
Criminal Justice & Public Safety
- Adult and Juvenile Correction Populations. Monitor population trends in the adult and juvenile correction facilities and determine if budget decisions made in the 78th Legislature remain viable. Make recommendations for improvement, as necessary.
General Budget and Tax Issues
- Rainy Day Fund. Track the history of appropriations out of and deposits of revenue into the Texas' rainy day fund. Monitor FY 2004-2005 deposits of revenue to the fund. As needed, make recommendations on how to improve revenue sources and the manner in which the fund can be spent.
- Pension Fund Review. Report on the current condition of the state's pension systems, including an analysis of unfunded liabilities. Make recommendations, as necessary, to ensure Texas meets its financial obligations in the future.
- Issuance of State Bonds. Review the role of the Public Finance Authority and the Bond Review Board in the issuance of state bonds, and make recommendations, as necessary, for improvements.
- Budget Certification. Study the budget certification process. Make recommendations on how to improve the process of certifying the state budget by the Comptroller of Public Accounts.
- General Appropriations Act Bill Pattern Review. Review effectiveness of current and past bill patterns, and make recommendations, as necessary, for improvements.