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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

7:30 a.m.

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, April 7, 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 Bob Deuell

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Troy Fraser

Senator Glenn Hegar

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Kel Seliger

Senator Carlos Uresti

 

Senator Mike Jackson

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 7:32 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out SB 2462 and recognized the author, Senator Carona, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 2462 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.  

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 274 and recognized the author, Senator Nichols, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 274 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 752 and recognized the author, Senator Davis, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Averitt sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Davis 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 752 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 760 and recognized the author, Senator Davis, to explain the bill.  

 

Senator Hegar sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Davis to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Hegar moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. 

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 760 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 902 and recognized the author, Senator Davis, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Seliger sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Davis to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Seliger moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

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 902 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Estes assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1491 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, 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 1491 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.   

 

Senator Averitt resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1425 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, 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 Averitt moved that SB 1425 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2306 and recognized the author, Senator Williams, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Averitt sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Williams 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 2306 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2102 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, 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 Averitt moved that SB 2102 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2474 and recognized Senator Seliger, 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 Averitt moved that SB 2474 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2456 and recognized the author, Senator Hinojosa, 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 Averitt moved that SB 2456 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1262 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, 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 Averitt moved that SB 1262 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1736 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, 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 Averitt moved that SB 1736 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1737 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 1737 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2108 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 2108 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2445 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 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 2445 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2092 and recognized the author, Senator Duncan, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 2092 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1757 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Averitt 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 1757 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2019 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, 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 Averitt moved that SB 2019 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2329 and recognized Senator Duncan, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 2329 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1203 and recognized Senator Hinojosa, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Hinojosa sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Hinojosa 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 1203 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