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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

10:00 a.m.

The University of Texas at El Paso






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 Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at The University of Texas at El Paso.







Senator John Carona

Senator Kirk Watson

Senator Wendy Davis

Senator Joan Huffman

Senator Robert Nichols

Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Eliot Shapleigh


Senator Rodney Ellis

Senator Jeff Wentworth




The Chair called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted: 


The Chair called upon representatives from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, the Texas Adjutant's General Department, and the Texas Department of Transportation to deliver quarterly updates to the members. Witnesses are shown on the attached list.


The Chair took invited testimony on highway needs. The witness is shown on the attached list.


The Chair called upon a panel of witnesses to discuss border security. Witnesses are shown on the attached list.


The Chair opened public testimony. Having none, the Chair then moved that public testimony be closed; without objection it was so ordered.


There being no further business, at 1:22 p.m. Senator Watson moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the Chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.



Senator John Carona, Chair





Steven Polunsky, Committee Director