Monday, January 23, 2017

11:00 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, January 23, 2017, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Jane Nelson, Chair



Senator Juan Hinojosa, Vice Chair



Senator Paul Bettencourt



Senator Brian Birdwell



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 11:01 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


Senator Nelson made opening remarks.


Senator Nelson and Members of the Committee introduced staff.


Senator Hinojosa moved adoption of the committee rules.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.


Senator Nelson announced the following workgroups: 


School Finance:

Senator Taylor, Chair

Senator Bettencourt

Senator Birdwell

Senator Hancock

Senator Hinojosa

Senator Seliger

Senator West


Healthcare Cost:

Senator Schwertner, Chair

Senator Huffman

Senator Kolkhorst

Senator Nichols

Senator Uresti

Senator Watson

Senator Whitmire


Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.


Invited testimony was heard from the following:


Comptroller Hegar, Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts, gave a layout of the Biennial Revenue Estimate; and


Ursula Parks, Legislative Budget Board, gave an overview of Legislative Budget Estimates. 


There being no further business, at 12:27 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