Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1:00 PM

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, October 26, 2016, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Jane Nelson, Chair


Senator Kelly Hancock

Senator Juan Hinojosa, Vice Chair


Senator Joan Huffman

Senator Paul Bettencourt


Senator Robert Nichols

Senator Brian Birdwell


Senator Larry Taylor

Senator Lois Kolkhorst



Senator Charles Schwertner



Senator Kel Seliger



Senator Carlos Uresti



Senator Kirk Watson



Senator Royce West



Senator John Whitmire






The chair called the meeting to order at 1:03 PM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


Senator Nelson made opening remarks.


The Committee heard invited testimony on Child Protective Services.


Witnesses registering and testifying are shown on the attached list.


Senator Whitmire assumed the chair.

Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Testimony continued.


Senator Nelson announced a workgroup to further review the Department of Family and Protective Services’ plan to ensure timely visits with children and to review the agency’s base request and exceptional items for fiscal years 2018-19.  The members are:

Senator Schwertner, chair

Senator Birdwell

Senator Kolkhorst

Senator Watson

Senator Whitmire


The Legislative Budget Board gave an update on fiscal years 2016-2017 supplemental costs.


Witnesses registering and testifying are shown on the attached list.


Senator Bettencourt gave a summary of the findings of the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief.


There being no further business, at 6:22 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