Senate Interim Committee on Administration
Study the current use of technology by the Texas Senate and
conduct a needs assessment to identify further use of appropriate
Review the use of technology by legislative bodies in other
states and identify model systems that would be of benefit to
the Texas Senate.
Make recommendations regarding the use of technology to support
the members of the Senate in fulfilling their responsibilities.
Make recommendations on the application of technology to the
legislative process including Senate floor functions.
Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock issued a charge to the Senate
Administration Committee to study and make recommendations regarding
the use of advanced technology to help the Texas Senate do its
work more effectively. The Administration Committee submitted
its final report in May of 1996 in order to allow sufficient time
for implementation of the recommendations prior to the 75th Regular
Session of the Texas Legislature.
Maintain a reliable
and stable technology platform. The committee directed the council
to maintain state-of-the-art computer technology and to provide
"point and click" versions of existing applications.
Create a Senate Technology
Center to study and test technology options for the Senate in
the future. Estimated cost of $250,000 for FY 96 for equipment
and $60,000 for staffing.
Use OS/2 Warp for the 75th
Legislature. Estimated cost of $304,678 for FY 96 for equipment.
Adopt the implementation of
PerfectOffice for Windows and GroupWise for Windows for the 75th
Legislature. Estimated cost of $275,103 for FY 96 for equipment.
Provide on-line fax capability.
Estimated cost of $22,495 for equipment.
Provide optional automated
bill book capability to allow senators on the Senate floor to
view their bill books electronically. Total cost if all options
are included and equipment is purchased: $184,050. Total FY 96
cost if all options are included and equipment is leased: $74,885.
Provide floor amendment system.
The system would allow senators on the Senate floor to view electronic
copies of floor amendments. Cost estimates range from $225,000
to $500,000 for FY 96 for hardware and development.
Provide mobile access
in the Senate Chamber and Senate Committee Rooms. Estimated cost
of $300 for installation of each data jack and $3,000 for each
Provide hardware so
that each staff person has Access to a PC. Estimated cost of
$234,504 for equipment.
Use the existing token-ring
Keep the current LAN infrastructure.
Provide access to the Capitol
LAN for district office PCs. Estimated cost of $931,393 for
FY96 for equipment and $164,992 for staffing.
Provide PC-based video conferencing.
Estimated cost of $36,756 for equipment.
Provide color print capability.
Estimated cost of $23,828 for equipment.
Provide ability to scan and
view documents. Estimated cost of $369 for equipment.
Provide expanded training
to Senate staff.
Provide enhanced support for
Senate staff. Estimated cost of $108,992 for staffing.
Authorize the donation of
surplus and salvage equipment to public schools.
Fund recommendations from
Texas Legislative Council appropriations.