The Texas appropriation process is a lengthy cycle of planning and gamesmanship that begins a year before the legislature meets in regular session. The next regular session (as opposed to the many special sessions such as the one going on now) begins January 9, 2007, at noon. Once in session, the legislature will consider and adopt a budget for the 2008-2009 biennium.
The process has begun, and the first public event of the process has been announced. The Texas Department of State Health Services will hold a "stakeholder" hearing on April 28, 9:00 a.m. - noon. The hearing will provide an opportunity for consumers and service providers to give input for the department's consideration in making its legislative appropriations request.
The hearing will be held in Austin but will be open to public participation by video links at the DSHS regional offices. Testimony will be taken in numerical order from the regions. Here are the locations of the video link sites:
DSHS – HSR1: Lubbock Office
1109 Kemper Street, Small Conference Room
Meeting Coordinator: Stormi Valdez Phone: (806)-767-0469
DSHS - HSR2/3: Arlington Office
1301 South Bowen Road, Room 2210
Meeting Coordinator: Sofia Nicholson Phone: (817) 264-4686
DSHS – HSR4: Tyler Office
1517 West Front Street, Room 257
Meeting Coordinator: Teresa Hubbell Phone: (903)-595-3585
DSHS – HSR8: San Antonio Office
7430 Louis Pasteur, Room 130
Meeting Coordinator: Anita Martinez Phone: (210)-949-2003
DSHS - HSR11: Harlingen Office
601 West Sesame Drive, Rockport Room
Meeting Coordinator: Sylvia Garces-Hobbs Phone: (956)-423-0130
DSHS - Austin
1100 West 49th Street, Room 739
Meeting Coordinator: Rosamaria Murillo Phone: (512)-458-7404
The main hearing site will be at DSHS headquarters in Austin, 1100 W. 49th St., Room K-100. Regional participants are requested to email the meeting coordinators to indicate their intention to attend so that adequate seating will be available.