MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

9:00 AM

Capitol Extension, Room E1.036

 

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Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance was held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Jane Nelson, Chair

 

None

Senator Juan Hinojosa, Vice Chair

 

 

Senator Paul Bettencourt

 

 

Senator Brian Birdwell

 

 

Senator Kelly Hancock

 

 

Senator Joan Huffman

 

 

Senator Lois Kolkhorst

 

 

Senator Robert Nichols

 

 

Senator Charles Schwertner

 

 

Senator Kel Seliger

 

 

Senator Larry Taylor

 

 

Senator Carlos Uresti

 

 

Senator Kirk Watson

 

 

Senator Royce West

 

 

Senator John Whitmire

 

 

 

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The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:03 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:

 

Senator Nelson laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1.

 

Testimony was heard on SB 1 Article VII, Article VIII and Article IX. Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.

 

Texas Lottery Commission

 

Public Utility Commission of Texas

 

Office of Public Utility Counsel

 

Department of Insurance

 

At 10:40 AM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed until 30 minutes after adjournment of the Senate. Without objection, it was so ordered.

 

At 12:32 PM the Committee reconvened.

 

Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.

 

Office of Public Insurance Counsel

 

Office of Injured Employee Counsel

 

State Office of Administrative Hearings

 

Texas Medical Board

 

Texas Board of Nursing

 

Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners

 

Board of Chiropractic Examiners

 

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners

 

Board of Pharmacy

 

Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners

 

Optometry Board

 

Board of Examiners of Psychologists

 

Senator Schwertner assumed the chair.

 

Health Professions Council

 

Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.

 

Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

 

Securities Board

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair.

 

Funeral Service Commission

 

Board of Plumbing Examiners

 

Racing Commission

 

Board of Professional Land Surveying

 

Department of Licensing and Regulation

 

Board of Professional Geoscientists

 

Special Provisions Relating to All Regulatory Agencies

 

Special Provisions Article IX

 

Public testimony was heard.

 

Senator Nelson closed public testimony on SB 1.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 1 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nelson announced the following workgroups:

Articles I, IV and V:

Senator Huffman, Chair

Senator Hancock

Senator Hinojosa

Senator Kolkhorst

Senator Whitmire

 

Article II:

Senator Schwertner, Chair

Senator Birdwell

Senator Kolkhorst

Senator Uresti

Senator Watson

 

Article III:

Senator Taylor, Chair

Senator Bettencourt

Senator Hancock

Senator Seliger

Senator West

 

Articles VI, VII and VIII:

Senator Nichols, Chair

Senator Bettencourt

Senator Hinojosa

Senator Seliger

Senator Watson

 

There being no further business, at 3:58 PM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Jane Nelson, Chair

 

 

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Stephanie Hoover, Clerk