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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

Thursday, April 9, 2009

8:30 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 Thursday, April 9, 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 8:31 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out SB 2296 and recognized the author, Senator Duncan, 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.  Senator Duncan 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 2296 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 725 and recognized the author, Senator Estes, 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 725 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 726 and recognized the author, Senator Eltife, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 726 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 673 and recognized the author, Senator Hegar, 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 673 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1135 and recognized the author, Senator Hegar, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Hegar sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Hegar 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. 

 

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

 

Senator Averitt moved that SB 1135 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1136 and recognized the author, Senator Hegar, 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 1136 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2328 and recognized the author, Senator Hegar, 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 2328 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1293 and recognized Senator Estes, 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 1293 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1823 and recognized the author, Senator Seliger, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Seliger sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Seliger 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 1823 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2120 and recognized the author, Senator Seliger, 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 2120 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 795 and recognized Senator Estes, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Estes sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Estes to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Senator Estes 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 795 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2456 and recognized the author, Senator Hinojosa, 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.  Senator Hinojosa moved adoption of the committee substitute; 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 as a matter of pending business SB 1387 and recognized the author, Senator Seliger, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Seliger sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Seliger 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 1387 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Estes assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2049 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2049 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2051 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2051 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1828 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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 Estes moved that SB 1828 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2111 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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 Estes moved that SB 2111 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1659 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 1659 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2316 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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 2316 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2320 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Hegar sent up Committee Amendment 1.

 

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 2320 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SJR 50 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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 SJR 50 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2311 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2311 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2315 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2315 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2317 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; 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 Estes moved that SB 2317 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2319 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2319 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2312 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2312 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2314 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2314 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2313 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2313 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2318 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, 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 2318 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2321 and recognized the author, Senator Averitt, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Estes moved that SB 2321 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Averitt resumed the chair. 

 

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