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Senate Committee on Finance - 75th R.S. (1997)

Committee Members
Bill Ratliff, Chair
Carlos F. Truan, Vice Chair
Ken Armbrister
Gonzalo Barrientos
Teel Bivins
J.E. 'Buster' Brown
Eddie Lucio
Mike Moncrief
Jane Nelson
David Sibley
Jeff Wentworth
Royce West
Judith Zaffirini
Charges
• Each Finance Subcommittee shall for agencies within its jurisdiction as enumerated in the FY'98-99 Budget (Appropriations Bill, HB 1) report.
• Evaluate the usefulness of the agencies' performance measures.
• Analyze the agencies' accuracy in reporting on performance measures.
• Evaluate agencies' budgets and identify reasons for differences in budget requests and appropriated amounts.
• Examine the history of agencies' unexpended balances and the causes for those balances.
• Evaluate agencies' caseload, population or enrollment forecast methods.
• Monitor agencies' responses to State Auditor reports;
• Analyze agencies' line-item strategies and determine if they are essential to and reflective of the agencies' missions;
• Review increases and decreases in the number of agencies' full- or part-time employees and use of consultant/contract individuals; and
• Based upon the work of the Finance Subcommittees, make any necessary recommendations for legislative or state agency action.
• Review the use of riders in the Appropriations Bill and recommend guidelines to evaluate proposed riders for appropriateness and legality.
• Evaluate whether state agencies timely receive and appropriately consider information on advances in technology. Identify any barriers, financial or otherwise, that impede the exchange of information and make suggestions to eliminate them. The Committee may also make recommendations, if necessary, to increase innovative use of technology in state government to better serve Texas.
• Evaluate all (i) judgements; (ii) settlement agreements; and (iii) pending legal claims, whether or not asserted in a lawsuit, which will or may impact agencies' FY '98-2001 budget process.
• Supplemental charge: Evaluatethe Texas Department of Health Hospitals Long Range Plan.
• Evaluate all judgements, settlement agreements and pending legal claims, whether or not asserted in a lawsuit, which will or may impact the next two budget cycles.

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