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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND HOMELAND SECURITY

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

8:00 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 Transportation and Homeland Security was held on Wednesday, October 13, 2010, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.016, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Tommy Williams, Chair

Senator Kirk Watson, Vice Chair

Senator Wendy Davis

Senator Rodney Ellis

Senator Robert Nichols

Senator Florence Shapiro

Senator Eliot Shapleigh

Senator Jeff Wentworth

 

Senator Joan Huffman

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.  There being a quorum present at 8:10 am, the following business was transacted: 

 

The chair explained the purpose of the hearing and introduced committee staff, namely, Ryan LaRue, Committee Director, Candace Hargenrader, Policy Analyst, Tulsi Reddy, Committee Clerk, Libby Nezda, Policy Analyst.

 

The chair called the following individuals to provide invited testimony on interim charge 10, evaluate outsourcing at the Texas Department of Transportation, including, but not limited to, engineering services and aerial mapping (see attached witness list).

 

The chair called the following individuals to provide invited testimony on interim charge 2, review and make recommendations relating to the Texas Department of Transportation's organizational structure and working relationship with local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Tolling Authorities, and Regional Mobility Authorities (see attached witness list).

 

The chair called the following individuals to provide invited testimony on interim charge 11, review the possible increase in number of unlicensed and uninsured drivers resulting from license suspensions or indigence resulting drivers' inability to pay Driver Responsibility surcharges in light of new Department of Public Safety rules (see attached witness list).

 

The chair called the following individuals to provide invited testimony on interim charge 4, examine the public policy implications of Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs) and recommend whether they should be reauthorized to construct specific roadways (see attached witness list).

 

The chair called the following individuals to provide public testimony on interim charges 2, 4, and 11 (see attached witness list).

 

There being no further business, at 2:16 p.m. Senator Williams moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Tommy Williams, Chair

 

 

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Tulsi Reddy, Clerk