Thursday, March 27, 2008

9:30 a.m.

Senate Chamber






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce was held on Thursday, March 27, 2008, in the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas.







Senator Troy Fraser, Chair

Senator Chris Harris, Vice Chair

Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Craig Estes

Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Senator Kirk Watson


Senator Kip Averitt




The chair called the meeting to order at 9:40 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 


Chairman Fraser made opening remarks regarding Charge #1 on the current governance structure of electric cooperatives.


The following testified before the committee:
Barry Smitherman, Chairman, Public Utility Commission of Texas
Mike Williams, President and CEO, Texas Electric Cooperatives
Eric Craven, Senior Vice President - Government Relations, Texas Electric Cooperatives
The following witnesses testified as a panel:

Juan Garza, General Manager, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Libby Linebarger, Advisory Director, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

E.B. Price, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

R.B. Felps, Director, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Stuart Nunnally, Pedernales Electric Cooperative


The following testified before the committee:

Mark Rose, Representing himself


There being no further business at 1:29 p.m. Senator Fraser moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 




Senator Troy Fraser, Chairman




Tatum Reagan, Clerk