Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 20, 2003
Contact: Mike Lavigne, (512) 463-0113

Ellis Passes Major Government Reorganization and Savings Bill

Austin, TX- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) passed Senate Bill 1952 out of the Texas Senate today. SB 1952 is the omnibus Government Reorganization bill. This legislation will save the State of Texas over $315 million dollars over the next biennium.

"This bill is the culmination of hours of hard work and negotiating. This additional savings will help the state to balance its budget and hopefully reduce some of the most painful cuts," said Senator Ellis.

SB 1952 cuts costs through a wide array of efficiency measures aimed at streamlining government. The bill does not include the more controversial measures that were included in the original House Bill 2.

The largest cost savings are achieved by:

"I believe strongly that the measures taken in this bill will save money without damaging the integrity of state government or funds," explained Senator Ellis. "Tough fiscal times call for tough measures. The voters of Texas sent us here to trim the fat; This is the budgetary version of quick weight loss."

SB 1952 also contains several revenue generating mechanisms including:

SB 1952 also has several streamlining components that were included at the request of Governor Perry.

SB 1952 will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.