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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Thursday, March 29, 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 Thursday, March 29, 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 called the meeting to order at 9:11 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out as pending business, SB 1.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

The chair recognized Senator Nelson to lay out the workgroup recommendations regarding Article II, including recommendations for Article XI. 

 

Senator Nelson moved to adopt the workgroup recommendations regarding Article II, including recommendations for Article XI.  The motion carried with a record vote of 13 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent. 

 

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

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

At 9:53 a.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed until one hour after the adjournment of the Senate; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

At 2:39 p.m. Senator Ogden announced that the Committee would reconvene at 3:00 p.m.  Without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Ogden reconvened the Committee at 3:00 p.m.

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

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

 

The chair recognized Senator Shapiro to lay out the workgroup recommendations and riders regarding Article III, including recommendations for Article XI. 

 

Senator Williams moved to amend Item 39 on page 2, regarding Public Education, by moving the item to Article XI; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Shapiro moved to adopt the amended workgroup recommendations and riders regarding Article III, including recommendations for Article XI.  The motion carried with a record vote of 13 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent.  Senator Hinojosa and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye on the workgroup recommendations regarding Article III; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair recognized Senator Williams to lay out the recommendations regarding Funding for Capital Projects and General Obligation Bond Proceeds. 

 

Senator Williams moved to adopt the rider on page 2, regarding Article IX.  The motion carried with a record vote of 12 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 3 absent.  Senator West and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Ogden moved to amend the rider on page 3 by appropriating bond proceeds and debt service to build a new state school; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Williams moved to adopt the amended recommendations regarding Funding for Capital Projects and General Obligation Bond Proceeds.  The motion carried with a record vote of 13 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent.  Senator Hinojosa, Senator West, and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye on the recommendations regarding Funding for Capital Projects and General Obligation Bond Proceeds; 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 4:24 p.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed until 11:00 a.m., March 30, 2007.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Steve Ogden, Chair

 

 

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Amy Jeter, Clerk