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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Thursday, March 22, 2007

10:00 a.m. or upon adjournment

Senate Chamber

 

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Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services was held on Thursday, March 22, 2007, in the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                      MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Jane Nelson                                                               

Senator Bob Deuell

Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Robert Nichols

Senator Dan Patrick

Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Senator Carlos Uresti

Senator Royce West

Senator Judith Zaffirini

 

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The Chair called the meeting to order at 12:10 p.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

At 12:12 p.m., Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 758 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Nelson sent up a committee substitute; the Chair recognized Senator Nelson to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the bill as filed. 

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

At 12:53 p.m., a quorum was established.

 

At 1:01 p.m., Senator West assumed the Chair.

 

At 1:02 p.m., Senator Shapleigh assumed the Chair.

 

At 2:06 p.m., Senator Uresti assumed the Chair.

 

At 2:17 p.m., Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair temporarily suspended public testimony and left Senate Bill 758 pending. 

 

At 4:34 p.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 805 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill.  

 

Senator Uresti sent up a committee substitute; the Chair recognized Senator Uresti to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the bill as filed. 

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

The Chair temporarily suspended public testimony and left Senate Bill 805 pending. 

 

At 4:49 p.m., Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out SB 758 which had been previously left pending.

 

The Chair re-opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 758 was left pending.

 

At 5:10 p.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1410 and recognized the author, Senator West, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 1410 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 813 and recognized Senator Nichols on behalf of the author, Senator Janek, to explain the bill.  

 

Senator Nichols sent up Committee Amendment 1 and explained the amendment.

 

Senator Nelson moved adoption of Committee Amendment 1; without objection, the amendment was adopted. 

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 813 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 598 and recognized the author, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 598 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 870 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill.  

 

Senator Uresti sent up a committee substitute; the Chair recognized Senator Uresti to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the bill as filed. 

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.   

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 870 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1457 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 1457 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1941 and recognized the author, Senator Deuell, 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 bill as filed. 

 

Senator Nelson moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 1941 was left pending.

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 982 and recognized the author, Senator West, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 982 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1042 and recognized the author, Senator West, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 1042 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 450 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill.  

 

Senator Uresti sent up a committee substitute; the Chair recognized Senator Uresti to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the bill as filed. 

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 450 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 452 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 452 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out SB 805 which had been previously left pending.

 

At 7:44 p.m., Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair re-opened public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

At 7:54 p.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 805 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 723 and recognized Senator Uresti on behalf of the author, Senator Lucio, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 723 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 872 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill.  

 

Senator Uresti sent up a committee substitute; the Chair recognized Senator Uresti to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the bill as filed. 

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 872 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1098 and recognized Senator Deuell on behalf of the author, Senator Patrick, to explain the bill.  

 

The Chair opened the floor to public testimony.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.  

 

With no further witnesses wishing to testify, the Chair closed public testimony.

 

Senate Bill 1098 was left pending.

 

There being no further business, at 8:44 p.m. the Chair announced that the Committee would stand recessed subject to the call of the Chair. 

 

 

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Senator Jane Nelson, Chair

 

 

 

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Tiffany Arrington, Clerk