SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
Monday, February 2, 2009
2:00 p.m. or upon adjournment
Capitol Extension, Room E1.036
Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance was held on Monday, February 2, 2009, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.
Senator Steve Ogden
Senator Juan Hinojosa
Senator Kip Averitt
Senator Bob Deuell
Senator Robert Duncan
Senator Kevin Eltife
Senator Chris Harris
Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Senator Jane Nelson
Senator Kel Seliger
Senator Florence Shapiro
Senator Royce West
Senator John Whitmire
Senator Tommy Williams
Senator Judith Zaffirini
The chair called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:
The chair recognized each Committee member for opening remarks, and to introduce their respective staff. The chair introduced Finance Committee staff, and made introductory remarks.
The chair laid out the proposed Committee rules. Senator Harris moved adoption of the rules. There being no objection, the rules were adopted by unanimous consent.
The chair recognized the following witnesses:
John Heleman, Office of Comptroller of Public Accounts, provided testimony on the Biennial Revenue Estimate.
John O'Brien, Legislative Budget Board and Ursula Parks, Legislative Budget Board, provided testimony on an Overview of Base Budget Recommendations.
These witnesses are also shown on the attached list.
John O'Brien introduced Legislative Budget Board staff.
The chair laid out the tentative Committee schedule.
There being no further business, at 4:15 p.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed until 8:30 a.m., February 3, 2009. Without objection, it was so ordered.
Senator Steve Ogden, Chair
Amy Jeter, Clerk