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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Monday, May 7, 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, May 7, 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 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 Tommy Williams

 

Senator Kip Averitt

Senator John Whitmire

 

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out HB 1332 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Janek, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 1332 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 621 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Duncan, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

Senator Duncan sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Duncan to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the house bill as engrossed.  Senator Duncan moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 621 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1928 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the bill. Senator Lucio, Jr. sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the house bill as engrossed.  Senator Lucio, Jr. moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered.   Senator Ogden moved that HB 1928 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3191 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator West, to explain the bill. 

Senator Ogden moved that HB 3191 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 106 and the adopted committee substitute, both of which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Zaffirini moved that SB 106 do not pass but that CSSB 106 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 Hinojosa and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 107, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator West moved that SB 107 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 Hinojosa and Senator Williams 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 Ogden moved that SB 391 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 504, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Eltife moved that SB 504 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 Hinojosa and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

The chair laid out SB 741, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that SB 741 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 11 ayes, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 3 absent.  Senator Hinojosa and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 1485, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that SB 1485 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 Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Lucio, Jr. assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 621, 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 Lucio, Jr. moved that HB 621 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1332, 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 Lucio, Jr. moved that HB 1332 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1928, 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 Lucio, Jr. moved that HB 1928 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3191, 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 Lucio, Jr. moved that HB 3191 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 10:09 a.m. Senator Lucio, Jr. 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 4:02 p.m.

 

The chair laid out SB 2039 and recognized the author, Senator Ellis, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Ellis 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 2039 be left pending to await a quorum; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The Committee stood at ease awaiting a quorum.

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

The chair laid out HB 1928 and the adopted committee substitute, both of which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that HB 1928 do not pass but that CSHB 1928 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 13 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent.  Senator Deuell, Senator Eltife, Senator Hinojosa, Senator Shapiro, and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

Senator Lucio, Jr. moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2039, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Ogden moved adoption of the committee substitute sent up earlier in the hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that SB 2039 do not pass but that CSSB 2039 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 13 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent.  Senator Hinojosa and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3191, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator West moved that HB 3191 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 13 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent.  Senator Hinojosa and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator West moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 66, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Janek sent up a committee substitute in lieu of a committee substitute sent up at a previous hearing; the chair recognized Senator Janek to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Ogden moved that SJR 66 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1332, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Janek moved that HB 1332 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 Hinojosa and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

There was no action taken for the following bill(s): SB 1421.

 

There being no further business, at 5:12 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