From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2007


Dear Fellow Texan--

Since my last update, the Legislature is in full swing. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor have been sworn in for another term, committee appointments have been made, and the Governor has delivered his biannual state-of-the-state address.

Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst announced his committee assignments on Friday, January 12th. I was delighted to be reappointed Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce and I look forward to continuing the work of the committee through the session.

In addition to Business and Commerce, I was also appointed to the Senate Finance Committee and reappointed to the Senate Committee on State Affairs as well as the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade. For a full listing of each Senate committee, please click here. For a listing of each House committee, please click here.

The Senate Finance Committee has been meeting every day to hear testimony from state agencies on their budgets. Each day we hear from executive directors and boards to bring us up to speed on current budgets as well as what they are requesting in the next biennial budget.

We recently heard from all of the Article 6 agencies--which include Natural Resources agencies, Article 5--including Department of Public Safety and Criminal Justice, as well as Article 7--which include TXDOT and all business and economic development agencies. This week we will hear from the state supported universities as well as the remaining health and human services agencies.

For a complete guide to the Texas budget writing process, check out this helpful guide created by the Senate Research Center.

For a complete list of agencies that have testified and for future committee agenda's, visit the Senate Finance Committee website.


Session video and all other webcast recordings can be accessed from the Senate website's audio and video webpage.




Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance with a state agency or wish to voice an opinion on any matter before the Texas Legislature. I always appreciate hearing from you.

I hope to see you soon.


Troy Fraser
State Senator
District 24

Austin Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0124
FAX: (512) 475-3732
Marble Falls District Office
607 B Highway 281 North
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
(830) 693-9900
FAX: (830) 693-9603
Abilene District Office
500 Chestnut Street, Suite 810
Abilene, Texas 79602
(325) 676-7404
FAX: (325) 676-8060
Belton District Office
1920 North Main Street
Suite 101
Belton, Texas 76513
(254) 939-3562
FAX: (254) 939-7611