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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Tuesday, May 15, 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, May 15, 2007, in the Senate Chamber at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                      MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Jane Nelson                                                                Senator Kyle Janek

Senator Bob Deuell                                                                 Senator Carlos Uresti

Senator Robert Nichols                                                           Senator Judith Zaffirini

Senator Dan Patrick

Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Senator Royce West

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The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:07 a.m.  The following business was transacted:

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 3473 by Representative Delisi and recognized the sponsor, Senator Watson, 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 3473 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 3876 by Representative Menendez and recognized the sponsor, Senator Nichols, 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.  

 

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

 

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

 

The Chair re-opened public testimony. 

 

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

 

House Bill 3876 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 2313 by Representative Rose 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 2313 was left pending.

 

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

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 755 by Representative Dutton 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 755 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 2580 by Representative Naishtat 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 2580 was left pending.

 

At 9:21 a.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 1117 by Representative Betty Brown and recognized Senator Nichols on behalf of the sponsor, Senator Deuell, 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 1117 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 1373 by Representative Guillen and recognized Senator Nichols on behalf of the sponsor, 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.

 

House Bill 1373 was left pending.

 

At 9:29 a.m., the Committee stood recessed.

 

At 9:30 a.m., the Committee reconvened.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 1082 by Representative Straus and recognized the sponsor, Senator Van de Putte, 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 1082 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out House Bill 2132 by Representative Straus and recognized the sponsor, Senator Van de Putte, 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 2132 was left pending.

 

At 9:40 a.m., the Committee stood recessed.

 

At 9:43 a.m., the Committee reconvened.  Senator Deuell assumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out HB 755, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Nelson moved that HB 755 be reported favorably 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. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that HB 755 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 2580, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Nelson moved that HB 2580 be reported favorably 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. 

 

Senator Nelson requested that HB 2580 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

At 9:45 a.m., Senator Nelson resumed the Chair.

 

The Chair laid out HB 1082, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Deuell moved that HB 1082 be reported favorably 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. 

 

Senator Deuell requested that HB 1082 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 1117, which had been previously left pending.

 

House Bill 1117 was left pending.

 

The Chair laid out HB 1373, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Shapleigh moved that HB 1373 be reported favorably 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. 

 

Senator Shapleigh requested that HB 1373 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 2132, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator West moved that HB 2132 be reported favorably 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. 

 

Senator West requested that HB 2132 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 2313, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Nichols moved that HB 2313 be reported favorably 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. 

 

Senator Nichols requested that HB 2313 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 3473, which had been previously left pending.

 

Senator Patrick moved that HB 3473 be reported favorably 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. 

 

Senator Patrick requested that HB 3473 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The Chair laid out HB 3876, which had been previously left pending.

 

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

 

Senator Nichols requested unanimous consent to incorporate the amendment into a committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

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

 

Senator Nichols moved that HB 3876 do not pass but that CSHB 3876 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. 

 

Senator Nichols requested that CSHB 3876 be recommended for placement on the Local and Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There being no further business, at 9:54 a.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