SENATE COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & TRADE
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Capitol Extension, Room E1.028
Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on International Relations & Trade was held on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.028, at Austin, Texas.
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Senator Kel Seliger
Senator Carlos Uresti
Senator Dan Patrick
Senator Craig Estes
Senator Troy Fraser
Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.
The chair called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m. The following business was transacted:
The committee heard invited testimony on Charge #3:
Develop recommendations to better provide Border and rural communities
access to state and federal resources. Review the programs established by
different states and recommend initiatives that Texas can enact to increase the competitiveness of these communities, engender critical development, provide
affordable housing, identify community assets, retain/create wealth and create
regional jobs. Study and make recommendations to expand business opportunities
in international markets for businesses located in economically distressed areas,
including rural and Border areas.
At 10:35 a.m. Senator Seliger assumed the chair.
At 10:45 a.m. Senator Lucio, Jr. resumed the chair.
At 11:45 a.m. Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that the committee stand recessed until 12:15 p.m; without objection, it was so ordered.
At 12:15 p.m. the committee reconvened.
At 12:15 p.m. Senator Uresti assumed the chair.
At 12:40 p.m. Senator Lucio, Jr. resumed the chair.
Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.
The chair moved that the invited testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.
The chair opened the hearing to public testimony. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.
The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.
There being no further business, at 2:05 p.m. Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Chair
LeAnn Gallegos, Clerk