Senate Finance Subcommittee on Article 3

Clerk: Pat Hicks, (512) 463-0370



Charge To The Subcommittees:

Each Finance Subcommittee shall for agencies within its jurisdiction as enumerated in the FY'98-99 Budget (Appropriations Bill, HB 1) report and:

  1. Evaluate the usefulness of the agencies' performance measures;
  2. Analyze the agencies' accuracy in reporting on performance measures;
  3. evaluate agencies' budgets and identify reasons for differences in budget requests and appropriated amounts;
  4. examine the history of agencies' unexpended balances and the causes for those balances;
  5. evaluate agencies' caseload, population or enrollment forecast methods; and
  6. monitor agencies' responses to State Auditor reports;
  7. Analyze agencies' line-item strategies and determine if they are essential to and reflective of the agencies' missions;
  8. Review increases and decreases in the number of agencies' full- or part-time employees and use of consultant/contract individuals; and
  9. Evaluate all (i) judgments; (ii) settlement agreements; and (iii) pending legal claims, whether or not asserted in a lawsuit, which will or may impact agencies' FY'98-2001 budget periods.

Charge To The Finance Committee:

  1. Based upon the work of the Finance Subcommittees, make any necessary recommendations for legislative or state agency action.
  2. Review the use of riders in the Appropriations Bill and recommend guidelines to evaluate proposed riders for appropriateness and legality.