The House Committee on Natural Resources 
         79th Legislature 
         August 3, 2006 
         11:00 a.m. 
         City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd Floor  
         901 Bagby St.  
         Houston, TX 77002 
         Pursuant to a notice posted on June 7, 2006, the House Committee  
         on Natural Resources met in a public hearing and was called to  
         order by the chair, Representative Puente, at 11:03 a.m. 
         The roll was answered as follows: 
         Present:   Representatives Puente; Callegari; Hope; Bonnen;  
                    Geren (5). 
         Absent:    Representatives Campbell; Hardcastle; Hilderbran;  
                    Laney (4). 
         A quorum was present. 
         Municipal Utility Districts 
         (Charge #1) 
         The committee considered testimony relating to the benefits and  
         concerns associated with Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs),  
         including as assessment of the appropriateness of granting  
         districts the additional powers of other special districts.   
         Evaluate the impact of MUDs on economic growth and development,  
         as well as the overall tax implications, including an evaluation  
         of the provision of municipal and county services on residents  
         living in MUDs.  Review public disclosure and notification  
         requirements associated with MUDs, as well as bonding authority  
         of some districts. 
         Testimony was taken.  (See attached witness list.) 
         (Representative Hilderbran now present.) 
         (Representative Hardcastle now present.) 
         Testimony was taken.  (See attached witness list.) 
         At 4:40 p.m., on the motion of the chair and without objection,  
         the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair. 
         Rep. Puente, Chair 
         Hope Wells, Clerk