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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Monday, February 5, 2007

9:00 a.m.

Capitol Extension, Room E1.036

 

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Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance was held on Monday, February 5, 2007, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Steve Ogden

Senator Judith Zaffirini

Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Bob Deuell

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Troy Fraser

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Senator Jane Nelson

Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Royce West

Senator John Whitmire

Senator Tommy Williams

 

None

 

 

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The chair, Senator Zaffirini, called the meeting to order at 9:01 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out as pending business, SB 1.

 

Testimony was given on the following agencies.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

Department of Housing and Community Affairs

 

 

 

Senator Ogden assumed the chair. 

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established. 

 

Senator Ogden announced scheduling intentions for the day.

 

Senator Zaffirini resumed the chair. 

 

Testimony resumed on the following agencies, with witnesses on the attached list:

 

Department of Housing and Community Affairs (continuation)

Office of Rural Community Affairs

 

Senator Ogden assumed the chair. 

 

Testimony on the Office of Rural Community Affairs continued.

 

Department of Transportation

 

Senator Zaffirini resumed the chair. 

 

Testimony on the Department of Transportation continued.

 

Senator Zaffirini clarified the scheduling intentions for the remainder of the hearing, and that any agencies not providing testimony would be rescheduled for a later hearing date.

 

Testimony on the Department of Transportation continued.

 

Senator Ogden assumed the chair.

 

 Testimony on the Department of Transportation continued.

 

At 1:25 p.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed until 30 minutes after the adjournment of the Senate; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Ogden reconvened the Committee at 2:37 p.m.

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

Testimony resumed on the following agencies, with witnesses on the attached list:

 

Railroad Commission

General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

Testimony on the General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board continued.

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

Testimony on the General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board continued.

 

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

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 13 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

Testimony continued.

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

Testimony continued.

 

Senator Ogden moved that SJR 13 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There being no further business, at 4:32 p.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed until 8:00 a.m., February 6, 2007.  Without objection, it was so ordered.   

 

 

 

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Senator Steve Ogden, Chair

 

 

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Amy Jeter, Clerk