COMMITTEE:    Business & Commerce 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Tuesday, April 30, 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 April 30th, 2013, in room E1.016 of the Capitol Extension to take up the following bills for consideration as new business:


SB 295        Deuell                 
Relating to lender notice to contractors regarding a construction loan or financing agreement for the improvement of real property and related procedures for suspending contractors' and subcontractors' performance.

SB 1081       Lucio                  
Relating to the certification of structural engineers; providing for a fee.

SB 1359       Rodríguez              
Relating to a prohibition of foods containing trans fat.

SB 1397       Estes                  
Relating to the regulation of certain surety companies.

SB 1478       Rodríguez              
Relating to the satisfaction of annual renewable energy requirements by certain utilities.

SB 1895       Garcia                 
Relating to the ability of a nonexempt employee to participate in certain academic, extracurricular, and developmental activities of the employee's child.

HB 584        Rodriguez, Eddie        SP: Rodríguez
Relating to the posting of a notice of foreclosure sale on a county's Internet website.

HB 949        Smithee | et al.        SP: Watson
Relating to continuation of automobile insurance coverage for certain motor vehicles acquired during a personal automobile insurance policy term.

HB 994        Bonnen, Dennis          SP: Hegar
Relating to the applicability of state law regulating the decommissioning costs of certain newly constructed commercial nuclear-powered electric generating facilities.

HB 1305       Sheets                  SP: Carona
Relating to the criminal penalty for acting as an agent after suspension or revocation of the agent's license.

HB 1685       Price                   SP: Whitmire
Relating to the continuation of the self-directed and semi-independent status of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.

HB 2095       Thompson, Senfronia     SP: Carona
Relating to the regulation of barbering and cosmetology; authorizing fees.

HB 2548       Burkett                 SP: Carona
Relating to the enforcement of a provision regarding the imposition of a surcharge for the use of a credit card.

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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