Tuesday, October 4, 2011

10:00 AM

Capitol Extension, Room E1.016




Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce was held on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.016, at Austin, Texas.







Senator John Carona, Chair


Senator Chris Harris, Vice Chair

Senator Craig Estes


Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Mike Jackson


Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte



Senator Kirk Watson



Senator John Whitmire






The chair called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


Senator Watson moved adoption of the committee rules. There being no objection, it was so ordered. The Chair recognized guests and laid out the Committee work plan.


The chair opened invited testimony and recognized the following to testify as resource witnesses:

·         Donna Nelson, Chair, representing Public Utility Commission.

·         Eleanor Kitzman, Commissioner, representing Texas Department of Insurance.

·         John Polak, Interim General Manager, representing Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

·         William H. Kuntz, Jr., Executive Director, representing Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

·         Douglas Oldmixon, Executive Director, representing Texas Real Estate Commission.


The chair opened public testimony and recognized the following:

·         Tom “Smitty” Smith, representing Public Citizen, did not testify.

·         Cyrus Reed, representing Sierra Club, testified.


There being no further business, at 11:45 AM Senator Watson moved that the Committee be adjourned. Without objection, it was so ordered.









Senator John Carona, Chair




Steven Polunsky, Clerk