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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Wednesday, May 16, 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 Wednesday, May 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 Robert Duncan

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 Troy Fraser

Senator Kyle Janek

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 8:38 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out HB 48 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 48 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1459 and recognized Senator Deuell, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 1459 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

The chair laid out HB 3492 and recognized Senator Deuell, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 3492 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 264 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Eltife, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 264 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1733 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 1733 be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 48, 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 HB 48 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 8:59 a.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand recessed until 9:30 a.m.; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Ogden reconvened the Committee at 9:30 a.m.

 

The chair laid out HB 1459, 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 HB 1459 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3492, 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 HB 3492 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3514 and recognized Senator Deuell, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, 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 HB 3514 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 264, 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 HB 264 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1733, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  There being no witnesses, the chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 1733 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 9:45 a.m. Senator Ogden moved that the Committee stand at ease awaiting a quorum.

 

Senator Ogden reconvened the Committee at 9:57 a.m.

 

The Committee stood at ease awaiting a quorum.

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

The chair laid out HB 142, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Ogden moved adoption of a committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Zaffirini moved that HB 142 do not pass but that CSHB 142 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, Senator Nelson, Senator Shapiro, Senator West and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Zaffirini moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 261, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Eltife moved that HB 261 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, Senator Nelson, Senator West and Senator Williams requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Eltife moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3290, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Zaffirini moved that HB 3290 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 West requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Williams moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 48, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Zaffirini moved that HB 48 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 West requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The chair laid out HB 3514, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Deuell moved that HB 3514 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 West requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3492, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Williams moved that HB 3492 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 requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Williams moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 264, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Williams moved that HB 264 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 requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Eltife moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There being no further business, at 10:22 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