Senate Committee on Finance

Committee Information
Clerk: Amber Martin, (512) 463-0370
Chair Vice-Chair Members:
Schedule and Bills Referred to Committee Schedule and Bills Referred to Committee

Press Room

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 24, 2001
Texas Senate Approves 2002-03 Budget

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 22, 2001
Conference Committee Approves 2002-03 Budget

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 16, 2001
Conference Committee Looks For Cuts

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 15, 2001
Conference Committee Triples Funding for TEXAS Grant Program

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 7, 2001
Statement on Teacher's Health Insurance

Icon: Press ReleaseMay 3, 2001
Statement on Revenue Estimates

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 28, 2001
Texas Senate Approves 2002-03 Budget

Icon: Media BroadcastMarch 28, 2001
Press Conference on SB 1

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 26, 2001
Senate Finance Committee Approves Budget

Icon: Press ReleaseMarch 15, 2001
Senate Finance Committee Delivers $787 Million Pay Raise to State Employees

Icon: Media Broadcast January 10, 2001
Press Conference Unveiling General Appropriations Bill


Video/Audio Archives

Conference Cmte on SB1:
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Interim Charges

The Committee shall:

  1. Survey and assess Texas' current tax system, including taxation authority given to units of local government. The survey should identify the economic value associated with all current taxes, as well as current exemptions and abatements. The Committee's report should include the information provided by the survey.
  2. Study the issue of rising medical costs and its impact on the state budget, including health and human services, correctional managed health care, education and state employee benefits. The Committee may review private pay insurance. The Committee's report should recommend ways to control cost increases and identify best practices and opportunities for savings.
  3. Evaluate the processes by which health and human service agencies assess the demand for services and allocate their appropriations to address program demands and requested rate increases.
  4. Monitor the implementation of SB 813, 77th Legislature, the creation of the Spaceport Trust Fund.
  5. Review the sources of revenue dedicated to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund and the purposes for which that Fund is expended. The Committee's report should recommend ways to ensure future revenues adequately address statutorily provided spending priorities.
  6. Evaluate the infrastructure, capacity and funding of trauma care, and develop recommendations to address the state's trauma care needs.


The Committee shall submit copies of its final report as soon as possible, but no later than November 15, 2002. This date will allow the findings of the Committee to be considered when the Legislative Budget Board is developing performance and budget recommendations to the 78th Legislature. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the Senate, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library.

The final report of the Committee should be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Committee and include any recommended statutory changes. Draft legislation containing recommended statutory changes should be attached to the report. Recommended agency rule changes should also be attached to the report.

Icon: ReportsSenate Finance Subcommittee on Rising Medical Costs (PDF - 2.9 mb)
Icon: ReportsCrime Victims Fund Report (PDF - 144 kb)
Icon: ReportsCrime Victims Fund Appendices (PDF - 2 MB)
Icon: ReportsSpaceport Trust Fund Report (PDF - 976 kb)
Icon: ReportsTrauma Care Report (PDF - 540 kb)
Icon: ReportsSenate Finance Interim Report on Texas Taxes (PDF - 640 KB)
Icon: ReportsSenate Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Demand Interim Report (PDF - 5.5 MB)

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Budget and Staff

The Committee shall use its existing staff and utilize the budget approved by the Senate Committee on Administration. Where appropriate, the Committee should obtain assistance from the Senate Research Center and legislative agencies, including the Legislative Budget Board, the Legislative Council, and the State Auditor. The Committee should also seek the assistance of appropriate Executive Branch agencies with responsibilities in the areas related to the Committee's interim charges.

Interim Appointments

Pursuant to Section 301.041, Government Code, it may be necessary to change the membership of a committee if a member is not returning to the Legislature in 2003. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 78th Legislative Session.

Committee Archives

76th Legislature's Senate Finance Committee .