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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Monday, February 19, 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 19, 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 9:00 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

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. 

 

Lottery Commission

Water Development Board

Parks and Wildlife Department

 

Senator Ogden assumed the chair. 

 

Testimony continued.

 

Senator Zaffirini resumed the chair. 

 

Testimony continued.

 

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

 

Senator Ogden assumed the chair. 

 

At 12:47 p.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed until 15 minutes after the adjournment of the Senate; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Ogden reconvened the Committee at 2:30 p.m.

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out as pending business, SB 1, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.

 

Testimony on the following agencies, institution of higher education, and items of appropriation resumed:

 

Parks and Wildlife Department (continuation)

LBB Presentation on Budget for Texas A&M University System Agencies

Texas Southern University

Teacher Retirement System

Optional Retirement Program

Employees Retirement System

Higher Education Group Insurance

LBB Presentation on Special Provisions Relating to All Health and Human Services Agencies

LBB Presentation on Article IX

 

The chair moved that the public testimony on SB 1 be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

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

 

 

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

There being no further business, at 6:28 p.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

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Senator Steve Ogden, Chair

 

 

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Amy Jeter, Clerk