Monday, February 2, 2015

10:00 AM

Capitol Extension, Room E1.036




Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance was held on Monday, February 2, 2015, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Jane Nelson, Chair



Senator Juan Hinojosa, Vice Chair



Senator Paul Bettencourt



Senator Kevin Eltife



Senator Kelly Hancock



Senator Joan Huffman



Senator Lois Kolkhorst



Senator Robert Nichols



Senator Charles Schwertner



Senator Kel Seliger



Senator Larry Taylor



Senator Carlos Uresti



Senator Kirk Watson



Senator Royce West



Senator John Whitmire






The Chair called the meeting to order at 10:02 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


Senator Nelson made opening remarks.


Tom Currah, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, gave a layout of the Biennial Revenue Estimate.

Senator Nelson laid out SB 2.


Testimony was heard on SB 2 - Article IV. Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.


Supreme Court of Texas


Court of Criminal Appeals


14 Courts of Appeals


Office of Court Administration


Texas Indigent Defense Commission


Office of State Prosecuting Attorney


State Law Library


Commission on Judicial Conduct


Comptrollerís Department, Judiciary Section


At 1:55pm Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand in recess until 30 minutes upon adjournment of the Senate.† Without objection, it was so ordered.


At 3:21 PM Senator Nelson reconvened the meeting.


Testimony continued on the Comptrollerís Department, Judiciary Section


Office of Capital Writs


Special Provisions Relating to the Judiciary


Public testimony was heard.


Senator Nelson closed testimony on Article IV.


Senator Nelson moved that SB 2 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.


There being no further business, at 4:05 PM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.









Senator Jane Nelson, Chair




Stephanie Hoover, Clerk