- Study and make recommendations for the creation of a comprehensive catalogue of facilities of historical significance managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Include recommendations for efficient management and promotion of such sites, including a review of the merits of consolidation of those sites under one of the existing agencies or a new agency, and identify potential funding mechanisms to ensure that facilities are adequately funded.
- Review recent efforts to improve the use of resources by state agencies through conservation, energy audits, and energy efficiency.
The Committee shall submit copies of its final report no later than December 1, 2006. 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.
The following reports are available for download:
Budget and Staff
Travel costs shall be paid from the operating budgets of Senate members. All other costs shall be borne be the Senate Government Organization Committee’s interim budget, as approved by the Senate Administration Committee.
The Committee should also seek the assistance of legislative and executive branch agencies where appropriate.
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 2007. This will ensure that the work of interim committees is carried forward into the 80th Legislative Session.