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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Tuesday, May 5, 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, May 5, 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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(In addition to the bills posted, the following bill, SB 2422, was added to a revised posting and cannot be heard until 11:48 a.m.)

 

(In addition to the bills posted, the following bill, SB 2573, was added to a revised posting and cannot be heard until 4:03 p.m.)

 

(On the floor on May 5, 2009, Senator Nelson moved to suspend Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18 to take up and consider SB 2573 before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services on May 5, 2009; without objection, it was so ordered.)

 

The chair called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up HB 1622.

 

Senator Zaffirini moved that HB 1622 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 HB 19 and recognized the Senate sponsor, 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 house bill as engrossed. 

 

Senator Zaffirini 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 Zaffirini moved that HB 19 do not pass but that CSHB 19 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 HB 675 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Huffman, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

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

 

Senator Huffman 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 Huffman moved that HB 675 do not pass but that CSHB 675 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 HB 1510 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Jackson, 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 Deuell moved that HB 1510 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 1785 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Nichols, 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 Nichols moved that HB 1785 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 2030 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Deuell, 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 HB 2030 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 1404 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Deuell, 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 Deuell moved that HB 1404 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 2196 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Deuell, 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 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 Deuell moved that HB 2196 do not pass but that CSHB 2196 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 HB 1023 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Williams, 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 Zaffirini moved that HB 1023 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 2055 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 Zaffirini moved that HB 2055 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 HB 1409 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Nichols, 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 Nichols moved that HB 1409 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 594 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Wentworth, 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 Deuell moved that HB 594 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 748 and recognized Senator Deuell, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, 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 748 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out HB 2330 and recognized the Senate sponsor, 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 house bill as engrossed. 

 

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

 

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

 

Senator Zaffirini 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 Zaffirini moved that HB 2330 do not pass but that CSHB 2330 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 HB 2027 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Harris, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

Senator Nelson requested unanimous consent to incorporate the amendment into a 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 Uresti moved that HB 2027 do not pass but that CSHB 2027 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 HB 1672 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Deuell, 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 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 Nelson moved that HB 1672 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 10:45 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 3:02 p.m.

 

As a matter of pending business, the chair brought up HB 1672.

 

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 1672 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2573 and recognized the author, Senator Ogden, 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 2573 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed.  The motion carried with a record vote of 5 ayes, 0 nay, 1 present not voting, and 3 absent. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2422 and recognized the author, Senator Deuell, 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 2422 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair laid out SB 2336 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. 

 

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 2336 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Deuell assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 3961 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Nelson, to explain the bill. 

 

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 Deuell moved that HB 3961 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Nelson resumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out HB 1232 and recognized Senator Patrick, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, 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 1232 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

There being no further business, at 8:09 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