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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Monday, April 16, 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, April 16, 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 Kevin Eltife

Senator Troy Fraser

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Senator Jane Nelson

Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Royce West

Senator John Whitmire

Senator Tommy Williams

 

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Kyle Janek

 

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

 

The chair laid out SB 782 and recognized the author, Senator Deuell, to explain the bill.  Senator Deuell sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Deuell to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 782 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 992 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 992 left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1185 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill.  Senator Nelson sent up Committee Amendment 1.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1185 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.    

 

The chair laid out SB 737 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 737 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 1886 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill.   Senator Williams sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Williams to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1886 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 56 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SJR 56 be temporarily left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

The chair laid out SB 782, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Deuell moved adoption of the committee substitute sent up earlier in the hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 782 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1185, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Nelson moved adoption of Committee Amendment 1 sent up earlier in the hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1185 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1886, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Williams moved adoption of the committee substitute sent up earlier in the hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1886 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 56, which had been temporarily left pending earlier in the hearing.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

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

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

Senator Ogden moved that SJR 56 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 377 and recognized Senator Williams, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.  Senator Williams sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Williams to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Williams moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 377 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 5, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Deuell moved that HB 5 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 12 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 3 absent.  Senator Shapiro requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 595, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 595 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 769 and recognized the author, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill.  Senator Zaffirini sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Zaffirini to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 769 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1057 and recognized the author, Senator Hegar, to explain the bill.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1057 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1830 and recognized Senator Hinojosa, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1830 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There being no further business, at 11:50 a.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