Senator Ogden, Chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee, filed Senate Bill 1 on Monday, January 24th. As House Bill 1, it zeroed out the funding for the Technology Allotment ($270.9 million) and funding for the Texas Virtual School Network ($20.3 million).
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst appointed members to the Senate Finance Committee. As expected, he reappointed Senator Steve Ogden (Bryan) as the chairmen of this committee. The other members are: Senator Bob Deuell (Greenville), Senator Robert Duncan (Lubbock), Senator Kevin Eltife (Tyler), Senator Craig Estes (Wichita Falls), Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.(Brownsville), Senator Jane Nelson (Grapevine), Senator Dan Patrick (Houston), Senator Kel Seliger (Amarillo), Senator Florence Shapiro (Plano), Senator Royce West (Dallas), Senator John Whitmire (Houston), Sen. Tommy Williams (The Woodlands), and Senator Judith Zaffirini (Laredo).
Senator Ogden has indicated that the committee will start meeting next week to discuss the bill.