Wednesday, February 25, 2015

9:00 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 Wednesday, February 25, 2015, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Jane Nelson, Chair


Senator Kirk Watson

Senator Juan Hinojosa, Vice Chair


Senator John Whitmire

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 Royce West












The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:02 AM. The following business was transacted:


Senator Nelson laid out SB 2 as pending business.


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

Executive Council on Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners


Board of Chiropractic Examiners


Board of Dental Examiners


Board of Pharmacy


Texas Board of Nursing


Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners


Optometry Board


Board of Examiners of Psychologists


Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners


At 10:52 AM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand in recess until 30 minutes upon adjournment of the Senate. Without objection, it was so ordered.


At 12:34 PM Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair and reconvened the meeting.


Health Professions Council


Securities Board


Funeral Services Commission


Board of Plumbing Examiners


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Board of Professional Land Surveying


Department of Licensing and Regulation


Department of Insurance


Office of Public Insurance Counsel


Office of Injured Employee Counsel


State Office of Administrative Hearings


Board of Professional Geoscientist


Public Utility Commission


Office of Public Utility Counsel


Texas Medical Board


Racing Commission


Special Provisions Relating to All Regulatory Agencies


Public testimony was heard.


Senator Nelson closed testimony on Article VIII.


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


There being no further business, at 3:54 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