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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Thursday, May 17, 2007

9:00 a.m. or upon adjournment

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 17, 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 Kyle Janek

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Senator Royce West

Senator John Whitmire

Senator Tommy Williams

 

Senator Jane Nelson

Senator Florence Shapiro

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 6:40 p.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 2 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Ogden, to explain the bill. 

There being no witnesses, the chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Zaffirini moved that HB 2 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair.   

 

 

 

The chair laid out HB 316 and recognized Senator Zaffirini, 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 316 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3552 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The posting rule, Senate Rule 11.18, was suspended to hear the following bill(s):  HB 109.

 

The chair laid out HB 109 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

Senator Averitt sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Averitt to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the house bill as engrossed.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await additional public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 438 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Hegar, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 618 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3490 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3491 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3493 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3494 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3495 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3496 and recognized Senator Eltife, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill.  Senator Ogden moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3314 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Duncan, to explain the bill.  Senator Zaffirini moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3315 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Duncan, to explain the bill.  Senator Zaffirini moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3319 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Duncan, to explain the bill.  Senator Eltife sent up Committee Amendment 1.  Senator Zaffirini moved that the bill be left pending to await public testimony; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 109, 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 109 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 2, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  The chair moved to re-open public testimony; 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 HB 2 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3552, 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 3552 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3314, 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 3314 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3315, 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 3315 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3319, 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 3319 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 618, 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 618 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3490, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  The chair moved that the bill be left pending temporarily; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The roll was called, and a quorum was established.

 

The chair laid out HB 373, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Averitt moved that HB 373 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, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 4 absent.  Senator Duncan requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Averitt moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 2010, which had been left pending at a previous hearing.  Senator Averitt moved that HB 2010 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, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 5 absent.  Senator Duncan requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 2, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Ogden moved that HB 2 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, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 4 absent. 

 

Senator Ogden resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 109, which had been left pending earlier in the hearing.  Senator Averitt moved adoption of the committee substitute sent up earlier in the hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Averitt moved that HB 109 do not pass but that CSHB 109 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, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3491, 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 3491 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3490, which had been left pending temporarily 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 3490 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3493, 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 3493 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3494, 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 3494 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3495, 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 3495 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 3496, 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 3496 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 438, 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 438 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There was no action taken for the following bill(s): HB 1470.

 

 

 

There being no further business, at 8:33 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