Senate Committee on Finance

Committee Information
Chair Vice-Chair Members:
Clerk: Amy Jeter
Tel: (512) 463-0370

Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee Schedule, Minutes, Witness List and Bills Referred to Committee

Video/Audio Archives [ 77th | 76th ]

Third Called Session

First Called Session

Conference Committee on HB1 Hearings

Finance Committee Hearings

  • March 7, 2003
  • March 6, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • March 5, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • March 4, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • March 3, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 27, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 26, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 25, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 24, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 20, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 19, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 18, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 13, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 12, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • February 11, 2003: [ AM - PM ]
  • January 29, 2003: [ AM - PM ]


Interim Charges

The Senate Finance Committee is charged with conducting a thorough and detailed study of the following issues, including state and federal requirements, and preparing recommendations to address problems or issues that are identified.

General Responsibilities

1. General Budget Oversight. Monitor state agency implementation of House Bill 1 by reviewing key strategies, programs, and rider provisions.

2. Revenue Oversight. Monitor and track the Texas' key revenue sources. Develop recommendations to keep the Legislature apprised of key revenue source activity throughout the duration of this and future fiscal biennia.

Specific Charges

Health & Human Services

Public & Higher Education

Natural Resources & Economic Development

General Government, Regulatory, & Judiciary

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

General Budget and Tax Issues


The Committee shall submit copies of its final report no later than December 1, 2004. The printing of reports should be coordinated through the Secretary of the Senate. Copies of the final report should be sent to the Lieutenant Governor (5 copies), Secretary of the Senate, Senate Research, Legislative Budget Board, Legislative Council, and Legislative Reference Library. The final report should include recommended statutory or agency rulemaking changes, if applicable. Such recommendations must be approved by a majority of the voting members of the Committee. Recommendations should also include state and local fiscal cost estimates, where feasible. The Legislative Budget Board is available to assist in this regard.

Senate Committee on Finance Report to the 79th Legislature

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Budget and Staff

Travel costs shall be paid from the operating budgets of Senate members. All other costs shall be borne by the Senate Finance Committee's interim budget, as approved by the Senate Administration Committee. Due to overall budget constraints, it is recommended each interim committee budget include only critical expenditures and, where possible, reductions from previous spending levels.

The Committee should also seek the assistance of legislative and executive branch agencies where appropriate.

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 2005. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 79th Legislative Session.

Committee Archives

77th Legislature's Senate Finance Committee .

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