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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

11:00 p.m. or upon adjournment

Senate Chamber

 

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Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services was held on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, in the Senate Chamber.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Jane Nelson

Senator Bob Deuell

Senator Joan Huffman

Senator Robert Nichols

Senator Dan Patrick

Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Senator Carlos Uresti

Senator Royce West

Senator Judith Zaffirini

 

None

 

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(On the floor, Senator Nelson moved to suspend Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18 to add SB 680 to the March 17, 2009 agenda of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services; without objection, it was so ordered.)

 

The chair called the meeting to order at 1:37 p.m.  The following was transacted: 

 

Senator Zaffirini assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 67 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

At 1:40 p.m. a quorum was established.

 

Senator Nelson sent up Committee Amendment 1 and moved adoption; without objection, the amendment was adopted. 

 

Senator Nelson requested unanimous consent to roll the amendment and committee substitute into a new 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 Nelson moved that SB 67 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 381 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Zaffirini 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 Nelson 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 Zaffirini moved that SB 381 do not pass but that CSSB 381 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 0 absent. 

 

The chair laid out SB 424 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Zaffirini 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. 

 

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 Nelson moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson sent up Committee Amendment 1.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 424 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 870 and recognized the author, Senator Lucio, Jr., 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 Nelson moved that SB 870 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nichols assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 806 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Huffman sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Nelson 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 Nelson moved that SB 806 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 68 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Huffman sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Nelson 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 Nelson moved that SB 68 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 572 and recognized the author, Senator Shapiro, 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 Uresti moved that SB 572 be reported favorably 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 0 absent. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 424.

 

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

 

Senator Nelson requested unanimous consent to roll the amendment into a committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson then moved that the committee substitute be adopted; without objection, it was so ordered.   

 

Senator Shapleigh moved that SB 424 do not pass but that CSSB 424 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 0 absent. 

 

Senator Shapleigh assumed the chair. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 806.

 

Senator Shapleigh moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 806 do not pass but that CSSB 806 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 0 absent. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 870.

 

Senator Shapleigh moved that SB 870 be reported favorably 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 0 absent. 

 

Senator Nichols assumed the chair. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 68.

 

The chair reopened public testimony on SB 68.

 

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 Nelson then moved that the committee substitute be adopted; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 68 do not pass but that CSSB 68 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 0 absent.   

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 532 and recognized the author, Senator Patrick, 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 Patrick moved that SB 532 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 532.

 

Senator Patrick moved that SB 532 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 1 absent.   

 

Senator Deuell assumed the chair. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 705.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 705 be reported favorably 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 0 absent. 

 

The chair laid out SB 571 and recognized Senator Nelson, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 571 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.  

 

The chair laid out SB 790 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Nelson moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 790 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 791 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Nelson moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 791 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 788 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Shapleigh 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 Shapleigh moved that SB 788 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 680 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 Shapleigh moved that SB 680 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 571.

 

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 Shapleigh moved that SB 571 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 790.

 

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 Shapleigh moved that SB 790 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 791. 

 

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 Shapleigh moved that SB 791 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There being no further business, at 5:53 p.m. Senator Shapleigh moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Jane Nelson, Chair

 

 

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Kyle Baum, Clerk