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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Thursday, April 30, 2009

9:00 a.m.

Capitol Extension, Room E1.016

 

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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 Thursday, April 30, 2009, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.016, at Austin, Texas.

 

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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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(In addition to the bills posted, the following bill, HB 1622, was added to a revised posting and cannot be heard until 1:06 p.m.)

 

The chair called the meeting to order at 9:06 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out HCR 88 in lieu of SCR 46 (which was left pending from a previous hearing).

 

Senator Deuell moved that HCR 88 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 HB 1454 in lieu of SB 1144 (which was left pending from a previous hearing).

 

Senator Deuell moved that HB 1454 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 1536.

 

Senator Uresti moved that SB 1536 do not pass but that CSSB 1536 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 8 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 8 do not pass but that CSSB 8 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 HB 1363 and recognized the Senate sponsor, 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 house bill as engrossed. 

 

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 HB 1363 do not pass but that CSHB 1363 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. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1816 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. 

 

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 1816 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 415 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Uresti, 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 Uresti moved that HB 415 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 HB 1240 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Uresti, 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 Uresti moved that HB 1240 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 HB 704 and recognized the Senate sponsor, 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 HB 704 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 HB 1081 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Nelson, 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 HB 1081 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 HB 1671 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Nelson, 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 HB 1671 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 HB 703 and recognized the Senate sponsor, 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 HB 703 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 Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 448 and recognized Senator Uresti, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, 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 house bill as engrossed. 

 

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 Uresti moved that HB 448 do not pass but that CSHB 448 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 HB 1067 and recognized the Senate sponsor, 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 HB 1067 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

At 10:37 a.m. Senator Nelson moved that the committee stand recessed until after adjournment of the Senate; without objection, it was so ordered.    

 

Senator Nelson reconvened the committee at 5:59 p.m.

 

The chair laid out HB 1574 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Gallegos, Jr., 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 HB 1574 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 204 and recognized the author, Senator Shapleigh, 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 204 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up SB 1816.

 

The chair moved to recall and withdrawal the original substitute; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Uresti sent up a new committee substitute; the chair recognized Senator Van de Putte to explain the difference between the new committee substitute and the senate bill as filed. 

 

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

 

Senator West moved that SB 1816 do not pass but that CSSB 1816 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 1723 and recognized the author, Senator Van de Putte, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator West 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 Deuell moved that SB 1723 do not pass but that CSSB 1723 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. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up HB 1067.

 

Senator Nelson moved that HB 1067 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 Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up HB 1574.

 

Senator Deuell moved that HB 1574 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 1722 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 1722 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 204. 

 

Senator Shapleigh moved that SB 204 do not pass but that CSSB 204 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nay, 1 present not voting, and 1 absent. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1706 and recognized the author, Senator West, 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 1706 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 553 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. 

 

The chair laid out SB 296 and recognized the author, Senator West, to explain the bill. 

 

The chair opened public testimony on both bills.

 

Senator West assumed the chair. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

Witnesses testifying and registering on the bills 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 553 and SB 296 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1395 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 1395 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 943 and recognized the author, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill. 

 

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. 

 

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

 

The chair laid out HB 1622 and recognized the Senate sponsor, 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 HB 1622 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There being no further business, at 10:11 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