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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Tuesday, April 28, 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 28, 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 2556 and recognized the author, Senator Huffman, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Huffman sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Huffman 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 Huffman moved that SB 2556 do not pass but that CSSB 2556 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 37.

 

Senator Zaffirini moved that SB 37 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 63.

 

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

 

Senator Zaffirini moved that SB 63 do not pass but that CSSB 63 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 1144.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 1144 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 1646.

 

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

 

Senator Nelson requested unanimous consent to incorporate amendment 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. 

 

Senator Deuell moved that SB 1646 do not pass but that CSSB 1646 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 1060.

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 1407.

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 1060 and SB 1407 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1886 and recognized the author, Senator Ellis, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Deuell sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Deuell 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 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 1886 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SCR 46 and recognized Senator Zaffirini, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill. 

 

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 SCR 46 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1824 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 Nelson moved that SB 1824 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1803 and recognized the author, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Nelson moved that SB 1803 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2031 and recognized Senator Shapleigh, 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 Nelson moved that SB 2031 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 1803.

 

Senator Zaffirini sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Zaffirini 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 1803 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1853 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 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 1853 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 591 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 Nelson moved that SB 591 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 646 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 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 646 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 594 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 Nelson moved that SB 594 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 10:47 a.m. Senator Nelson moved that the committee stand recessed until after adjournment of the Senate; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Shapleigh reconvened the committee at 3:23 p.m.

 

The chair laid out SB 1613 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 Shapleigh moved that SB 1613 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2114 and recognized the author, Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Uresti 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. 

 

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 2114 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2151 and recognized the author, Senator Patrick, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Patrick sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Patrick 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 Shapleigh moved that SB 2151 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1627 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.  

 

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 1627 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1645 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 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 1645 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 775 and recognized the author, Senator Lucio, Jr., to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Shapleigh 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. 

 

Senator Deuell 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 775 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1804 and recognized Senator Shapleigh, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Shapleigh sent up a committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Shapleigh 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 1804 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 1060.

 

Senator Nelson moved that the original substitute be withdrawn; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Deuell 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 moved that SB 1060 do not pass but that CSSB 1060 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, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 646.

 

Senator Deuell moved that SB 646 do not pass but that CSSB 646 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 1645.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 1645 do not pass but that CSSB 1645 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 1803.

 

Senator Zaffirini moved that SB 1803 do not pass but that CSSB 1803 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 1853.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 1853 do not pass but that CSSB 1853 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 2151.

 

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

 

Senator Patrick moved that SB 2151 do not pass but that CSSB 2151 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, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2079 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 Nelson moved that SB 2079 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1536 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, 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 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 1536 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2203 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, 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 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 2203 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2247 and recognized the author, Senator Zaffirini, 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 2247 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 1804.

 

Senator Zaffirini moved that SB 1804 do not pass but that CSSB 1804 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 2079.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 2079 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 2203.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 2203 do not pass but that CSSB 2203 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 1720 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, 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 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 Uresti moved that SB 1720 do not pass but that CSSB 1720 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 2080 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Senator Patrick moved that SB 2080 do not pass but that CSSB 2080 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 following bills had no action taken: SB 1734, SB 1817, SB 2260.

 

There being no further business, at 7:55 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