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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

12:00 p.m. or upon adjournment

Senator Averitt's Desk

 

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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 Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Senator Averitt's Desk.

 

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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 Mike Jackson

Senator Kel Seliger

Senator Carlos Uresti

 

None

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 6:55 p.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 598.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 598 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 3 absent. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 719.

 

Senator Jackson moved that SB 719 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 3 absent. 

 

Senator Jackson moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 752 and recognized the author, Senator Davis, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Hinojosa moved adoption of the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Hinojosa moved that SB 752 do not pass but that CSSB 752 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 nay, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 902 and recognized the author, Senator Davis, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 902 do not pass but that CSSB 902, adopted at a previous hearing,  be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent.   

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 913. 

 

Senator Jackson moved that SB 913 do not pass but that CSSB 913, adopted at a previous hearing, be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Jackson moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 988. 

 

Senator Uresti moved adoption of the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 988 do not pass but that CSSB 988 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion failed by a record vote of 4 ayes, 6 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1203.

 

Senator Deuell moved adoption of the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Deuell moved that SB 1203 do not pass but that CSSB 1203 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 11 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1241. 

 

Senator Hegar moved adoption of the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Hegar moved that SB 1241 do not pass but that CSSB 1241 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 11 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent. 

 

Senator Hegar moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1694.

 

Senator Hegar moved that SB 1694 do not pass but that CSSB 1694, adopted at a previous hearing, be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 11 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent. 

 

Senator Hegar moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1736.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 1736 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent. 

 

Senator Uresti moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1737. 

 

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

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1748.

 

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

 

Senator Jackson moved that SB 1748 do not pass but that CSSB 1748 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Jackson moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1826.

 

Senator Duncan moved that SB 1826 do not pass but that CSSB 1826, adopted at a previous hearing, be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Fraser moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1846.

 

Senator Hegar moved adoption of the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

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

 

Senator Hegar requested unanimous consent to incorporate amendment into the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Hegar then moved that the new committee substitute be adopted; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Hegar moved that SB 1846 do not pass but that CSSB 1846 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Hegar moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2019.

 

Senator Hegar moved that SB 2019 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Seliger moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2092.

 

Senator Duncan moved that SB 2092 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent. 

 

Senator Duncan moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2108.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 2108 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Uresti moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2306.

 

Senator Seliger moved adoption of the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Seliger moved that SB 2306 do not pass but that CSSB 2306 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Seliger moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2329.

 

Senator Hegar moved adoption of the committee substitute laid out at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Hegar moved that SB 2329 do not pass but that CSSB 2329 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, 2 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2445 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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.  Senator Uresti moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 2445 do not pass but that CSSB 2445 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, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2462.

 

Senator Hegar moved that SB 2462 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Hegar moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2474.

 

Senator Hinojosa moved that SB 2474 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 10 ayes, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Hinojosa moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; 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