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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

9:00 a.m.

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 Tuesday, April 3, 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 9:13 a.m.  The following business was transacted:

 

At 9:14 a.m., Senator Nichols assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 10 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

At 9:17 a.m., Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

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 10:34 a.m., a quorum was established.

 

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

 

Public testimony was temporarily suspended, and CSSB 10 was left pending.

 

At 10:46 a.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.  The Committee stood recessed, subject to the call of the Chair.

 

At 3:34 p.m., the Committee reconvened.  Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out CSSB 10, which had been previously left pending, and recognized its author, Senator Nelson.

 

The Chair resumed public testimony on CSSB 10.

 

At 4:03 p.m., Senator Deuell made a recognition.

 

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

 

CSSB 10 was left pending.

 

At 4:12 p.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair. 

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 569 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. 

 

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 569 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 837 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

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

 

Senate Bill 837 was left pending.

 

At 4:28 p.m., Senator Nichols assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1694 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, 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 1694 was left pending.

 

At 4:32 p.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair. 

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 811 and recognized the author, Senator Janek, 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 811 was left pending.

 

At 4:33 p.m., the Committee stood at ease.

 

At 4:51 p.m., the Committee reconvened.

 

At 4:52 p.m., Senator Janek assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out CSSB 10, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Nelson moved to reconsider the vote by which the committee substitute to Senate Bill 10 was adopted; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

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

 

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

 

Senator Nelson sent up Committee Amendment 2 and explained the amendment. 

 

Senator Nelson moved adoption of Committee Amendment 2; without objection, the amendment was adopted. 

 

Senator Uresti sent up Committee Amendment 3 and explained the amendment. 

 

Senator Uresti moved adoption of Committee Amendment 3; without objection, the amendment was adopted. 

 

Senator Uresti sent up Committee Amendment 4 and explained the amendment. 

 

Senator Uresti moved adoption of Committee Amendment 4; without objection, the amendment was adopted. 

 

Senator Uresti withdrew Committee Amendment 5.

 

Senator Nelson requested unanimous consent to incorporate the amendments into a committee substitute and that the new committee substitute be adopted; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Nelson moved that SB 10 do not pass but that CSSB 10 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 nays, 0 absent and 1 present not voting. 

 

Senators Deuell, Shapleigh and Zaffirini requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out SB 1694, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 1694 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 9 ayes, 0 nays, 0 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that SB 1694 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senators Deuell, Shapleigh and Zaffirini requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

At 5:03 p.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out SB 569, which had been previously left pending.

 

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

 

Senator West moved that SB 569 do not pass but that CSSB 569 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 nays, 0 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that CSSB 569 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senators Deuell, Shapleigh and Zaffirini requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out SB 811, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Janek moved that SB 811 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 9 ayes, 0 nays, 0 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that SB 811 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senators Deuell, Shapleigh and Zaffirini requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

The Chair announced Senator Deuell's request for unanimous consent to be shown voting aye on CSSB 10, SB 1694, CSSB 569 and SB 811; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair announced Senator Shapleigh's request for unanimous consent to be shown voting aye on CSSB 10, CSSB 569, SB 811 and SB 1694; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair announced Senator Zaffirini's request for unanimous consent to be shown voting aye on CSSB 10, CSSB 569, SB 811 and SB 1694; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There being no further business, at 5:07 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