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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS & COMMERCE

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

8:00 AM

Capitol Extension, Room E1.016

 

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Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce was held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.016, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Kelly Hancock, Chair

 

None

Senator Brandon Creighton, Vice Chair

 

 

Senator Donna Campbell

 

 

Senator Craig Estes

 

 

Senator Robert Nichols

 

 

Senator Charles Schwertner

 

 

Senator Larry Taylor

 

 

Senator John Whitmire

 

 

Senator Judith Zaffirini

 

 

 

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The chair called the meeting to order at 8:03 AM. The following business was transacted:

 

The chair laid out SB 410 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, to explain the bill. Witnesses registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that SB 410 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2005 and recognized the author, Senator Watson, to explain the bill. Senator Creighton moved to withdraw the committee substitute sent up at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Creighton sent up a committee substitute.  The chair recognized Senator Watson to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that SB 2005 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

At 8:13 AM the roll was called. A quorum was present.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2005 and recognized Senator Creighton. Senator Creighton moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Creighton moved that SB 2005 do not pass but that CSSB 2005 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. Senator Creighton moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1670 and recognized the author, Senator Lucio, to explain the bill. Senator Campbell moved to withdraw the committee substitute sent up at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Campbell sent up a committee substitute.  The chair recognized Senator Lucio to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed. Senator Taylor moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Taylor moved that SB 1670 do not pass but that CSSB 1670 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 2 nays, 0 present not voting, and 0 absent.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 830 and recognized the author, Senator Rodriguez, to explain the bill. Senator Creighton moved to withdraw the committee substitute sent up at a previous hearing; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Creighton sent up a committee substitute.  The chair recognized Senator Rodriguez to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed. Senator Creighton moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Creighton moved that SB 830 do not pass but that CSSB 830 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 654 and recognized Senator Creighton, in the absence of the author. Senator Creighton moved that SB 654 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 6 ayes, 2 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent.

 

The chair laid out SB 2104 and recognized the author, Senator Uresti, to explain the bill. Senator Creighton sent up a committee substitute.  The chair recognized Senator Uresti to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved committee substitute be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 1393 and recognized the author, Senator Estes, to explain the bill. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that SB 1393 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 890 and recognized the Senate Sponsor, Senator Estes, to explain the bill. Witnesses registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that HB 890 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 1980 and recognized the author, Senator Schwertner, to explain the bill. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that SB 1980 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 2179 and recognized the author, Senator Larry Taylor, to explain the bill. Senator Taylor sent up a committee substitute.  The chair recognized Senator Taylor to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved committee substitute be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 1382 and recognized the author, Senator Hughes, to explain the bill. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that SB 1382 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 1994 and recognized the author, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill. Senator Zaffirini sent up a committee substitute.  The chair recognized Senator Zaffirini to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved committee substitute be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 1128 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Larry Taynor, to explain the bill. Witnesses registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that HB 1128 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 630 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Zaffirini, to explain the bill. Witnesses registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that HB 630 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 256 and recognized Senator Nichols, in the absence of the Senate sponsor, to explain the bill. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved that HB 256 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out SB 2169 and recognized Senator Nichols, in the absence of the author, to explain the bill. Senator Nichols sent up a committee substitute.  The chair recognized Senator Nichols to explain the difference between the committee substitute and the senate bill as filed.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Hancock moved committee substitute be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Nichols assumed the chair.

 

The chair laid out HB 1612 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Hancock, to explain the bill. Witnesses registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Nichols moved that HB 1612 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out HB 2964 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Hancock, to explain the bill. Witnesses registering on the bill are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. Senator Nichols moved that HB 2964 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Hancock resumed the chair.

 

At 10:08 AM Senator Hancock moved the Committee stand at ease.  Without objection, it was so ordered.

 

At 10:32 AM the Committee came back to order.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business HB 256 and recognized Senator Campbell, in the absence of the Senate sponsor. Senator Campbell moved that HB 256 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 2 absent. Senator Campbell moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business HB 630 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Zaffirini. Senator Zaffirini moved that HB 630 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. Senator Zaffirini moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business HB 890 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Estes. Senator Estes moved that HB 890 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. Senator Estes moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business HB 1128 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Larry Taylor. Senator Taylor moved that HB 1128 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. Senator Taylor moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1980 and recognized the author, Senator Schwertner. Senator Schwertner moved that SB 1980 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 0 nays, 1 present not voting, and 1 absent.  Senator Schwertner moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Campbell assumed the chair.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business HB 1612 and recognized the Senate sponsor, Senator Hancock. Senator Hancock moved that HB 1612 be reported favorably to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 8 ayes, 0 nays, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent. Senator Hancock moved that the bill be recommended for placement on the Local & Uncontested Calendar; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

Senator Hancock resumed the chair.

 

The chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 2179 and recognized the author, Senator Larry Taylor. Senator Taylor moved adoption of the committee substitute; without objection, it was so ordered.  Senator Taylor moved that SB 2179 do not pass but that CSSB 2179 be reported back to the Senate with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed. The motion carried with a record vote of 7 ayes, 1 nay, 0 present not voting, and 1 absent.

 

Motions in Writing requesting unanimous consent to be shown voting aye were submitted by the following: Senator Campbell on CSSB 2005; Senator Creighton on HB 630, HB 890, HB 1128, HB and 1612; Senator Nichols on CSSB 830, CSSB 1670, CSSB 2005, and SB 654;  Senator Zaffirini on CSSB 1670. These votes are reflected in the final votes on the aforementioned bills.

 

Motions in Writing requesting unanimous consent to be shown voting nay were submitted by the following: Senator Campbell on SB 654 and CSSB 830; Senator Creighton on CSSB 2179.  These votes are reflected in the final votes on the aforementioned bills.

 

A Motion in Writing requesting unanimous consent to be shown voting present not voting was submitted by the following: Senator Creighton on SB 1980. This vote is reflected in the final vote on the aforementioned bill.

 

There being no further business, at 10:38 AM Senator Hancock moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Kelly Hancock, Chair

 

 

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Tatum Reagan, Clerk