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Senate Committee on Finance - 74th R.S. (1995)

Committee Members
John T. Montford, Chair
Bill Ratliff, Chair
J.E. 'Buster' Brown, Vice Chair
Gonzalo Barrientos
Teel Bivins
Rodney Ellis
Eddie Lucio
Mike Moncrief
Peggy Rosson
David Sibley
Bill Sims
Carlos F. Truan
Jim Turner
Royce West
Judith Zaffirini
Charges
• To evaluate the impact on Texas government finance resulting from proposed changes in federal funding mechanisms and to make recommendations to implement changed funding mechanisms.
• To monitor implementation of tuition and student use fee increases, HB 815, 74th Legislature, Regular Session and HB 1792, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, by higher education institutions. The Committee shall issue a report identifying the impacts and uses of tuition and student use fee increases.
• To evaluate use of emerging telecommunication infrastructure for efficiencies in collection and disbursement of state funds and to evaluate the impact of technology and its effect on the demand for state appropriations.
• Identify instances of excess appropriations and monitor forecasted unexpended balances of fiscal year 1996 appropriations, evaluating the reasons for such balances. This inquiry should focus on the major projected unexpended balances such as those at the Department of Health, Texas Department of Human Services, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice including managed health costs for inmates.
• Evaluate for the period from 1986 to present the caseload, enrollment and population estimating methodologies used by state agencies and institutions to form the basis of their legislative appropriation requests and make recommendations to improve those methodologies and allow the Legislature to make interim adjustments in appropriations based on inaccurate estimates.
• Monitor Assessment of Agency Performance as indentified by the Legislative Budget Board staff for major agencies and institutions and recommend ways to further enhance the state's performance based budgeting system including enhanced use of rewards for compliance and sanctions for noncompliance with established performance measures, such as those establishing graduation rates and target employment caps.

Note:
Peggy Rosson (Member) resigned 4/10/1995. John T. Montford (Chair) resigned 8/21/1996. Bill Ratliff (Chair) and Royce West (Member) appointed 8/21/1996.

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