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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND HOMELAND SECURITY

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

7:30 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 Transportation and Homeland Security was held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.016, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator John Carona

Senator Kirk Watson

Senator Wendy Davis

Senator Joan Huffman

Senator Robert Nichols

Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Senator Jeff Wentworth

 

Senator Rodney Ellis

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 7:30 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 

 

The chair laid out SB 2110 and recognized the author, Senator West, to explain the bill. 

 

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

 

The chair opened public testimony on 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. 

 

The chair announced that the bill would be left pending.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1876. 

 

Senator Wentworth moved that SB 1876 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 Wentworth moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 7:38 a.m. Senator Watson assumed the chair. 

 

The chair laid out SB 1570 and recognized the author, Senator Carona, to explain the bill. 

 

Senator Carona moved to withdraw the committee substitute that was previously sent up; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

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

 

The chair called upon Mayor William A. Jones to testify.   

 

The chair announced that the bill would be left pending.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2110. 

 

Senator Davis moved adoption of the committee substitute that was previously sent up; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

Senator Davis moved that SB 2110 do not pass but that CSSB 2110 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 Davis moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

At 7:52 a.m. Senator Carona resumed the chair.

 

The chair laid out SB 1019 and recognized the author, Senator Hegar, to explain the bill. 

 

The chair opened public testimony on 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 Watson sent up Committee Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 42, and 43 on behalf of Senator Hegar.

 

Senator Davis sent up Committee Amendments 25 and 26.

 

Senator Watson sent up Committee Amendments 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39.

 

Senator Davis sent up Committee Amendments 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31 on behalf of Senator Nichols.

 

Senator Huffman sent up Committee Amendments 32 and 33 on behalf of Senator Shapleigh.

 

At 9:52 a.m. Senator Huffman assumed the chair.

 

Senator Carona sent up Committee Amendments 44 and 45 and potential amendments by reference to previously filed legislation. 

 

At 9:56 a.m. Senator Carona resumed the chair.

 

Senator Wentworth sent up Committee Amendments 40, 41, and 46.

 

Senator Watson moved that all the Committee Amendments laid out for SB 1019 be withdrawn, without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

The chair announced that the bill would be left pending.

 

The chair moved to accept Senator Shapiro's motion in writing; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair moved to accept Senator Huffman's motion in writing; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair moved to accept Senator Shapleigh's motion in writing; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There being no further business, at 10:02 a.m. Senator Watson moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

 

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Senator John Carona, Chair

 

 

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Kelsey Erickson, Clerk