Senator Nelson has appointed work groups to develop final recommendations for SB 1, the Senate's base budget, as the Senate Finance Committee finished its first four weeks of budget hearings."We have had four productive weeks of hearings and heard extensive testimony on each agency budget request. SB 1 is a starting point, and now we turn our attention to making decisions about our funding priorities," said Senator Nelson. "In a lean budget year, we will have to prioritize, but I am confident we will pass a responsible budget that meets our needs."

The Committee promptly began hearings on January 24, 2017 and was presented with budget requests from 167 agencies, boards and commissions. Senator Nelson appointed the following work groups:

  • Articles I, IV & V - Senator Huffman, Chair; Senators Hancock; Hinojosa; Kolkhorst; and Whitmire
  • Article II - Senator Schwertner, Chair; Senators Birdwell; Kolkhorst; Uresti; and Watson
  • Article III - Senator L. Taylor, Chair; Senators Bettencort; Hancock; Seliger; and West
  • Article VI, VII & VII - Senator Nichols, Chair; Senators Bettencort; Hinojosa; Seliger; and Watson

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