MINUTES SENATE COMMITTEE ON STATE AFFAIRS Tuesday, April 18, 2006 8:00 a.m. Senate Chamber ***** Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on State Affairs was held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, in the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas. ***** MEMBERS PRESENT: MEMBERS ABSENT: Senator Robert Duncan Senator Troy Fraser Senator Tommy Williams Senator Chris Harris Senator Kenneth Armbrister Senator Frank Madla Senator Rodney Ellis Senator Mike Jackson Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. ***** The chair called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m. The chair stood at ease awaiting the arrival of a quorum. A quorum arrived and the chair instructed the clerk to call the roll at 8:11 a.m. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: Senator Williams moved adoption of a motion allowing the chair to limit testimony during all interim hearings. The motion was adopted without opposition. The chair recognized and welcomed Senator Janek. The Committee then heard testimony regarding Committee Interim Charge #6: Study and review current law on the doctrine of eminent domain, including the U.S. Supreme Court case in Kelo v. City of New London. Monitor the implementation of S.B. 7 (79th Legislature, 2nd Called Session) and make any necessary recommendations as to the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes and the issue of what constitutes adequate compensation for property taken through the use of eminent domain. Determine whether a constitutional amendment is prudent and/or necessary to protect private property owners from condemnations for economic development purposes. Determine which state, regional, and local governmental entities have eminent domain powers and how those powers may be used. Make recommendations regarding their necessity, fairness, and effectiveness. Study the public policy implications relating to Chapter 2007, Government Code, Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act, its effectiveness in protecting private property rights, and the current impact of regulatory takings on private property owners. Witnesses testifying and registering on Committee Interim Charge #6 are shown on the attached list. The testimony was closed. At 10:42 a.m. the chair recessed the Committee until upon adjournment of the full senate. The Committee reconvened at 12:10 p.m. and took testimony on Committee Interim Charge #3: Study and make recommendations on how election officials could verify the identity of a voter without hindering a person's right to vote. Include an analysis of the extent to which individuals are casting multiple votes because of any lack of voter identification verification. Make recommendations on how the state could improve its vote-by-mail system to ensure the authenticity of those ballots. Witnesses testifying and registering on Committee Interim Charge #3 are shown on the attached list. The testimony was closed The Committee took testimony on Committee Interim Charge #8: Study the prevalence, legality and ethics of entities that actively lobby the Legislature to impact the lawmaking process while that entity is in any way a recipient of state funds. Witnesses testifying and registering on Committee interim Charge #8 are shown on the attached list. At 1:58 p.m. Senator Williams assumed the chair. At 2:01 p.m. Senator Duncan resumed the chair. The testimony was closed. There being no further business, at 2:47 p.m., Senator Duncan moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.