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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Thursday, April 26, 2007

8:30 a.m. or upon adjournment of the Conference Committee on HB 1

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, April 26, 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 Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Senator Jane Nelson

Senator John Whitmire

Senator Tommy Williams

 

Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Royce West

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 8:45 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out SB 841 and recognized the author, Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 841 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1113 and recognized Senator Lucio, Jr., in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1113 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 31 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SJR 31 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

The chair laid out SB 736 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill. 

Senator Ogden moved that SB 736 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 36 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SJR 36 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1062 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1062 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 504 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 504 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1296 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1296 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1421 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill. 

Senator Nelson sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Wentworth to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1421 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 29 and recognized Senator Van de Putte, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SJR 29 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 666 and recognized Senator Van de Putte, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 666 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 52 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SJR 52 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1612 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1612 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

The chair laid out SJR 53 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

Senator Averitt sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Van de Putte to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Ogden moved that SJR 53 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.   

 

The chair laid out SB 1162 and recognized the author, Senator Estes, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1162 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1087 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1087 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

The chair laid out SB 377, and the adopted committee substitute for SB 377, both of which had been left pending at a previous hearing.   Senator Hinojosa moved that SB 377 do not pass but that CSSB 377 be reported back 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 Averitt, Senator Deuell, Senator Lucio, and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 2015, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Duncan moved that SB 2015 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 Averitt, Senator Deuell, Senator Lucio, and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SJR 61, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Duncan moved that SJR 61 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 Averitt and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 407, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Eltife moved that SB 407 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 4 absent.  Senator Averitt requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

 

The chair laid out SJR 65, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Williams moved adoption of Committee Amendment 1, sent up at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to incorporate the amendment into the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing, and that the new committee substitute be adopted; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Williams moved that SJR 65 do not pass but that CSSJR 65 be reported back 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 Averitt and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 2033, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Williams moved adoption of a committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Williams moved that SB 2033 do not pass but that CSSB 2033 be reported back 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. 

 

The chair laid out SB 841, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 841 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1113, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 1113 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 31, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 SJR 31 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 736, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 736 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 36, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 SJR 36 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

The chair laid out SB 1062, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 1062 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 504, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 504 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1296, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 1296 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Williams assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1421, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 1421 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 10:55 a.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 4:41 p.m.

 

The chair laid out SJR 29, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 Eltife moved that SJR 29 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 666, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 Eltife moved that SB 666 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 52, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 Eltife moved that SJR 52 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1612, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 Eltife moved that SB 1612 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 53, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 Eltife moved that SJR 53 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1162, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

Senator Eltife assumed the chair. 

 

The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Eltife moved that SB 1162 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1087, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  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 Eltife moved that SB 1087 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There was no action taken for the following bill(s): SB 1748.

 

There being no further business, at 5:16 p.m. Senator Eltife 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