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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Thursday, May 3, 2007

8:30 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, May 3, 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 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 Troy Fraser

Senator Kyle Janek

 

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Senator Nelson, the acting chair, called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out SB 1460 and recognized the author, Senator Seliger, to explain the bill.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 1460 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1477 and recognized the author, Senator Seliger, to explain the bill.  Senator Eltife sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Seliger to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 1477 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 257 and recognized the author, Senator Carona, to explain the bill.  Senator West sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Carona to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 257 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1748 and recognized the author, Senator Nichols, to explain the bill.  Senator Nelson sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Nichols to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 1748 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1936 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill.  Senator Nelson 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 Nelson moved that SB 1936 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1962 and recognized Senator Nichols, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.  Senator Averitt sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Nichols to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 1962 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 66 and recognized Senator Deuell, in the absence of the author, 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.  Senator Nelson moved that SJR 66 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1485 and recognized the author, Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the bill.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 1485 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 676 and recognized Senator Deuell, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 676 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 57 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.  Senator Nelson moved that SJR 57 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1640 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.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 1640 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1641 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.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 1641 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1962, 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 Nelson moved that SB 1962 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1485, 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 Nelson moved that SB 1485 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 676, 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 Nelson moved that SB 676 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Ogden assumed the chair. 

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

The chair laid out SB 1638, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  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.  Senator Williams moved that SB 1638 do not pass but that CSSB 1638 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 7 absent. 

 

The chair laid out SB 49 and the adopted committee substitute, both of which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that SB 49 do not pass but that CSSB 49 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 11 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 4 absent.  Senator Zaffirini and Senator Whitmire requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SJR 17, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Williams sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Hegar 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.  Senator Williams moved that SJR 17 do not pass but that CSSJR 17 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 9 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 6 absent.  Senator Zaffirini requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 391, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Williams sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Hegar to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 391 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 57, 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 57 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1640, 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 1640 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1641, 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 1641 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 66, 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 66 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 257, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

Senator Deuell assumed the chair. 

 

Testimony on SB 257 continued.

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

Senator Ogden moved that SB 257 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 10:57 a.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 Lucio reconvened the Committee at 4:10 p.m.

 

Testimony on SB 257 resumed.  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 257 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1936, 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 1936 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1460, 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 1460 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1477, 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 1477 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1748, 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 1748 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There was no action taken for the following bill(s): SB 106, SB 107, SB 504, SB 741, SB 953, and SB 1421.

 

There being no further business, at 5:02 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