COMMITTEE:    Business & Commerce 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 

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



The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce will convene at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 26, 2013, in room E1.016 of the Capitol Extension to take up the following bills for consideration as new business:


SB 491        Lucio                  
Relating to establishing a personal automobile insurance program for certain low-income individuals; authorizing a fee.

SB 583        Carona                 
Relating to the use of and disbursements from the universal service fund.

SB 602        Davis                  
Relating to retail electric provider customer choice information.

SB 650        Rodríguez              
Relating to the continuation of title insurance coverage of certain transferred property.

SB 734        Carona
Relating to the licensing of captive insurance companies; authorizing fees.

SB 823        Carona                 
Relating to authorized acquisition and delinquency charges for certain consumer loans.

SB 824        Carona                 
Relating to the administrative fee authorized for certain consumer loans; changing the amount of the fee.

SB 951        Carona                 
Relating to surplus lines insurance.

SB 973        Carona                 
Relating to the regulation of barbering and cosmetology; authorizing fees.

SB 981        Van de Putte
Relating to electric utility bill payment assistance programs for certain veterans burned in combat.

SB 992        Taylor                 
Relating to misrepresentations in connection with certain drug testing devices or equipment; providing penalties.

SB 1008       Carona
Relating to the business, supervision, and regulation of state savings and loan associations and state savings banks; providing a criminal penalty.

SB 1033       Carona
Relating to the registration and use of marks, including trademarks and service marks.

SB 1035       Carona
Relating to alcoholic beverage license applications and fees.

SB 1074       Hegar
Relating to electronic transmission of documentation involved in certain insurance transactions.

SB 1089       Hinojosa
Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and to catastrophe preparedness in the seacoast territories of this state.

SB 1125       Carona                 
Relating to first-party indemnity coverage purchased by insurance purchasing groups.

SB 1139       Carona                 
Relating to the exclusion of hospital facilities from a rolling blackout.

SB 1248       Carona                 
Relating to an amount charged by a dealer in connection with the sale of certain recreational vehicles and boats.

SB 1251       Carona                 
Relating to authorized charges for certain consumer loans.

SB 1286       Williams               
Relating to the regulation of professional employer services.

SB 1296       Taylor                 
Relating to the regulation of real estate inspectors.

SB 1388       Carona                 
Relating to identity recovery service contracts.

SB 1700       Taylor                 
Relating to the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and the FAIR Plan Association.

SB 1701       Taylor                 
Relating to the payment of insured losses of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and funding of the catastrophe reserve trust fund.

SB 1702       Taylor                 
Relating to residential property insured by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.

NOTE --> If the Committee goes into recess with the intent to resume upon adjournment of the Senate, we will resume in a DIFFERENT ROOM (E1.036) due to a scheduling conflict. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.**


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.


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Bills added after last posting:

SB 734


** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **