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April 30, 2003    (512) 463-0300

The Budget and Twenty Bills Dominate Senate Session

Austin - Chair of the Finance Committee, Amarillo Senator Teel Bivins, met with reporters after today's session to discuss the Comptroller's response to the appropriations bill passed by the Senate yesterday. Bivins said that her statement gives him some hope that the budget will pass because she didn't say no. The comptroller must first certify the budget before it is sent to the Governor for review and signature.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte and her Uncle Nick Estada
Senator Leticia Van de Putte and her Uncle Nick Estada.  The Seantor presented SR 655 to the full Senate today, honoring veterans who fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

Today, many of the Senators spoke on Senate Resolution 655, which honors the veterans who fought on behalf of our country in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest land battle in which Americans fought during World War II. Authoring Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio introduced her father and uncle, as well as five other WWII veterans who appeared on the Senate floor.

The Senate unanimously approved legislation today that would increase the offense for driving with a child, while intoxicated. Under current law, that person could be charged with child endangerment, a felony, and the lesser crime of DWI would not be prosecuted. Laredo Senator Judith Zaffirini's SB 45 would make DWI with a child a felony with a maximum penalty of two years in prison with an optional fine of up to $10,000.

The following bills were also approved by the Senate today:

The Senate will reconvene Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 8:00 a.m. to consider the Local & Uncontested Calendar and at 11:00 a.m. for session.

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