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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

8:00 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, May 5, 2009, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.012, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Bob Deuell

Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Glenn Hegar

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Kel Seliger

 

Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Craig Estes

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Troy Fraser

Senator Mike Jackson

Senator Carlos Uresti

 

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Senator Kel Seliger, the acting chair, called the meeting to order at 8:04 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out HB 1178 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Seliger moved that HB 1178 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3661 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Gallegos, Jr., to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Seliger moved that HB 3661 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2401 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. 

 

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 Seliger moved that SB 2401 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2432 and recognized the author, Senator Davis, 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 Seliger moved that SB 2432 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2433 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. 

 

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 Seliger moved that SB 2433 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2539 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Seliger sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Wentworth 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 Seliger moved that SB 2539 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2540 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Seliger sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Wentworth 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 Seliger moved that SB 2540 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1947 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Seliger moved that HB 1947 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1960 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Seliger sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Wentworth 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 Seliger moved that SB 1960 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3765 and recognized Senator Hinojosa, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Seliger moved that HB 3765 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1923 and recognized Senator Hegar, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Seliger moved that HB 1923 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 4706 and recognized Senator Hegar, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Seliger moved that HB 4706 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2536 and recognized Senator Hegar, in the absence of the author, 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 sent up Committee Amendment 1.

 

Senator Seliger moved that SB 2536 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There being no further business, Senator Seliger 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