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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Thursday, May 10, 2007

9:00 a.m.

Hearing Room E1.016

 

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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, May 10, 2007, in hearing room E1.016 at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                      MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Jane Nelson                                                                Senator Judith Zaffirini

Senator Bob Deuell

Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Robert Nichols

Senator Dan Patrick

Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Senator Carlos Uresti

Senator Royce West

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The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:04 a.m.  The following business was transacted:

 

At 9:05 a.m., Senator Shapleigh assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1292 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 9:11 a.m., Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

At 9:54 a.m., Senator Nichols assumed the Chair.

 

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

 

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

 

Senate Bill 1292 was left pending.

 

At 10:21 a.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 3672 by Representative Bohac and recognized Senator Shapleigh on behalf of the sponsor, Senator Ellis, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

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.

 

House Bill 3672 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Bill 1764 and recognized Senator Shapleigh on behalf of the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Shapleigh sent up a committee substitute; the Chair recognized Senator Shapleigh 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 1764 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Resolution 777 and recognized Senator Shapleigh on behalf of the author, Senator West, 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 Resolution 777 was left pending.

 

At 10:28 a.m., Senator Shapleigh assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 643 by Representative Hughes and recognized the sponsor, Senator Nelson, 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.

 

House Bill 643 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 2042 by Representative Dukes and recognized the sponsor, 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.

 

House Bill 2042 was left pending.

 

At 10:32 a.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 1412 by Representative McReynolds and recognized the sponsor, Senator Nichols, 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.

 

House Bill 1412 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 1585 by Representative Susan King and recognized the sponsor, Senator Nichols, 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.

 

House Bill 1585 was left pending.

 

At 10:36 a.m., the Committee stood recessed.

 

During the Senate session, the Chair suspended the 24-hour posting rule to add SJR 43 to the agenda.

 

At 3:02 p.m., the Committee reconvened, and a quorum was established.

 

At 3:03 p.m., Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out Senate Joint Resolution 43 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. 

 

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

 

Senator Nelson moved that SJR 43 do not pass but that CSSJR 43 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 6 ayes, 0 nays, 3 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

The Chair laid out SB 1292, which had been previously left pending.

 

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

 

Senator Nelson requested unanimous consent to incorporate the amendment into a committee substitute, and that the new committee substitute be adopted; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 1292 do not pass but that CSSB 1292 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 6 ayes, 0 nays, 3 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

The Chair laid out HB 643, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Nelson moved that HB 643 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that HB 643 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 2042, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Nelson moved that HB 2042 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that HB 2042 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

At 3:06 p.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out SR 777, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator West moved that SR 777 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator West requested that SR 777 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 1412, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Deuell moved that HB 1412 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that HB 1412 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 1585, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Deuell moved that HB 1585 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that HB 1585 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 3672, which had been previously left pending.

 

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

 

Senator Nelson moved that HB 3672 do not pass but that CSHB 3672 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that CSHB 3672 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out SB 1764, which had been previously left pending.

 

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

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 1764 do not pass but that CSSB 1764 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 2 absent and 0 present not voting. 

 

Senator Uresti requested that CSSB 1764 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There being no further business, at 3:15 p.m. the Chair announced that the Committee would stand recessed subject to the call of the Chair. 

 

The Chair announced that members of the Committee would be able to submit votes until 4:30 p.m.; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to be shown voting aye on CSSB 1764, SR 777, HB 643, HB 1412, HB 1585, HB 2042 and CSHB 3672. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Jane Nelson, Chair

 

 

 

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Tiffany Arrington, Clerk