COMMITTEE:    Business & Commerce 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 22, 2011 

PLACE:        E1.016 (Hearing Room) 
CHAIR:        Senator John Carona 



The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce will convene at 8:00 a.m. on March 22, 2011, in room E1.016 of the Capitol Extension to take up the following bills for consideration as new business:


SB 249        Estes                  
Relating to the composition of the Finance Commission of Texas.

SB 504        Davis | et al.         
Relating to discounted utility rates for school districts.

SB 579        Hegar                  
Relating to the total benefit amount under a prepaid funeral contract.

SB 740        Ellis                  
Relating to insurer rating practices requiring prior approval.

SB 767        Ellis                  
Relating to the regulation of certain residential mortgage foreclosure consulting services; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 864        Rodriguez              
Relating to the services included in a retail price list provided by a funeral establishment.

SB 871        Lucio                  
Relating to stay of requirement to provide refunds or discounts on excessive or unfairly discriminatory residential property premium rates.

SB 981        Carona                 
Relating to the regulation of distributed generation of electricity.

SB 1008       Carona                 
Relating to the composition of the Finance Commission of Texas.

SB 1124       Carona                 
Relating to licensing and regulation of certain persons involved in residential mortgage lending pursuant to the Texas Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2009; providing penalties.

SB 1125       Carona                 
Relating to energy efficiency goals and programs and the participation of loads in certain energy markets.

SB 1133       Hegar                  
Relating to weatherization and preparedness reports by the Public Utility Commission.

SB 1165       Carona                 
Relating to certain enforcement powers of the banking commissioner; providing administrative penalties.

SB 1166       Carona                 
Relating to prepaid funeral benefits contracts and the prepaid funeral contract guaranty fund.

SB 1167       Carona                 
Relating to cemeteries and perpetual care cemetery corporations.

At the Chair's discretion, the Committee may also consider any pending business. 



Written testimony of any length is welcome, please submit to the Committee staff 15 copies with your name and the bill number on each copy of the written testimony. Please provide an electronic version of written testimony at your earliest convenience. Please limit oral remarks to three minutes. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Committee office at or consult the website at