Thursday, May 13, 2010

9:30 a.m.

Fort Worth City Council Chamber

Fort Worth, Texas






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence was held on Thursday, May 13, 2010, in the Fort Worth City Council Chamber, Fort Worth, Texas.







Senator Jeff Wentworth

Senator Chris Harris

Senator Kirk Watson


Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.

Senator John Carona

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Juan Hinojosa




The chair called the meeting to order at 9:36 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 


The Chair made opening remarks.


The Chair laid out Interim Charge One:  Study the effectiveness of current regulation and practices of debt management providers in Texas, including credit service organizations, and assess the extent to which individuals' estates are protected in transactions with debt management providers.  Make recommendations to enhance protections.


The following witnesses testified:


Leslie Pettijohn, Commissioner, Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner


Jay Dyer, Special Assistant and Senior Counsel, The Office of the Attorney General


Michael Kerr, Legislative Director, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws


At 10:25 a.m. Senator Harris assumed the chair. 


At 10:29 a.m. Senator Wentworth resumed the chair. 

Scott Johnson, CEO, US Debt Resolve


Jeff Comstock, Vice President of Operations, Better Business Bureau


George Merkle, President and CEO, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Greater San Antonio


At 11:13 a.m. Senator Harris assumed the chair. 


At 11:17 a.m. Senator Wentworth resumed the chair. 


Doug Parker, CEO, RMCN Credit Services


Wesley Young, Legislative Director, The Association of Settlement Companies


Doug Miskew, Director, Government Affairs, CareOne Services, Inc.


Paul Williams, Vice Chairman and CFO, Halo Companies, Inc.


Bill Adams, Mayor Pro Tem of Sachse, Texas


Bill Langley, Regional Director of Education, Money Management International


Jeffrey Meek, Senior Vice President, US Debt Resolve


John Ansbach, Legislative Director, US Organization of Bankruptcy Alternatives


There being no further business, at 12:40 p.m. Senator Wentworth announced that the Committee would stand in recess subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 







Senator Jeff Wentworth, Chair




Stephanie Hoover, Clerk