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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

9:00 a.m.

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, April 14, 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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The chair called the meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out SB 1415 and recognized the author, Senator Hegar, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Deuell 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 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 Nelson moved that SB 1415 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1612 and recognized the author, Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Deuell sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Lucio, Jr. 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 Shapleigh moved that SB 1612 do not pass but that CSSB 1612 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 Deuell assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1879 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 Deuell 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 Nelson moved that SB 1879 do not pass but that CSSB 1879 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 1954 and recognized the author, Senator Jackson, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Shapleigh 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 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 West moved that SB 1954 do not pass but that CSSB 1954 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 1837 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 1837 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 1271 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 Uresti moved that SB 1271 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 Deuell assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1878 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Nelson sent up Committee Amendment 2 and moved adoption; without objection, the amendment was adopted. 

 

Senator Nelson requested unanimous consent to incorporate amendments into the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson then moved that the new committee substitute be adopted; 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 1878 do not pass but that CSSB 1878 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, 0 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1092 and recognized the author, Senator West, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Deuell 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 West moved that SB 1092 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. 

 

At 10:45 a.m. Senator Deuell moved that the committee stand recessed until 30 minutes upn adjournment of the Senate; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 1:33 p.m. Senator Nelson reconvened the committee. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1626 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 Deuell moved that SB 1626 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. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1663 and recognized the author, Senator Wentworth, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Nichols sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Wentworth 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 Nelson moved that SB 1663 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1217 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 Nelson moved that SB 1217 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1842 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Uresti 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 that SB 1842 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1646 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Deuell 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 Deuell 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 Nelson moved that SB 1646 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1230 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Deuell 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 that SB 1230 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Deuell assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1880 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. 

 

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 1880 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2396 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. 

 

Witnesses 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 2396 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2397 and recognized the author, Senator Nelson, 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 2397 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 2397.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 2397 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 2396.

 

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

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 2396 do not pass but that CSSB 2396 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. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 1880.

 

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

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 1880 do not pass but that CSSB 1880 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 1217.

 

Senator Huffman moved that SB 1217 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 1230.

 

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

 

Senator Shapleigh moved that SB 1230 do not pass but that CSSB 1230 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 544 and recognized the author, Senator Ellis, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Shapleigh sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Ellis 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 Shapleigh sent up Committee Amendment 1.

 

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

 

Senator Shapleigh assumed the chair. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

Senator Shapleigh assumed the chair. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

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

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 544 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There being no further business, at 6:10 p.m. Senator Nelson 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