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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

1:00 p.m. or upon adjournment

Capitol Extension, Room E1.012

 

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Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources was held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.012, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Craig Estes

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Troy Fraser

Senator Glenn Hegar

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Mike Jackson

Senator Kel Seliger

Senator Carlos Uresti

 

Senator Bob Deuell

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 1:50 p.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

Senator Averitt moved adoption of the committee rules. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 184 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Seliger sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Watson to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed. 

 

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 Averitt moved that SB 184 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 608 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

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 Averitt moved that SB 608 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 417 and recognized the author, Senator Carona, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 417 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 540 and recognized the author, Senator Estes, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Hegar assumed the chair. 

 

Senator Averitt resumed the chair. 

 

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. 

 

The chair laid out SB 799 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 799 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 800 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Estes assumed the chair. 

 

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 Estes moved that SB 800 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 598 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, 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 Estes moved that SB 598 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 380 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Eltife sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Van de Putte to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed. 

 

Senator Averitt resumed the chair. 

 

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 Averitt moved that SB 380 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Duncan assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 663 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Duncan moved that SB 663 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 715 and recognized Senator Averitt, in the absence of the author, 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 Duncan moved that SB 715 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 637 and recognized Senator Averitt, in the absence of the author, 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 Duncan moved that SB 637 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 724 and recognized Senator Averitt, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill. 

 

The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Duncan moved that SB 724 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 267 and recognized Senator Averitt, in the absence of the author, 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 senate bill as filed. 

 

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 Duncan moved that SB 267 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There being no further business, Senator Averitt moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Kip Averitt, Chair

 

 

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Teddy Carter, Clerk