Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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 Tuesday, January 24, 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 9:04 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


Senator Nelson laid out SB 1.


Testimony was heard on SB 1 – Article III.  Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.


Texas Education Agency


At 10:42 AM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed until 30 minutes after adjournment of the Senate. Without objection, it was so ordered.


At 12:38 PM the Committee reconvened.


Testimony continued with the Texas Education Agency.


Teacher Retirement System


Optional Retirement Program


Higher Education Group Insurance


Windham School District


School for the Blind and Visually Impaired


School for the Deaf


Special Provisions for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired/Texas School for the Deaf 


Public testimony was heard.


Senator Hinojosa closed public testimony.


Senator Hinojosa moved that SB 1 be left pending; without objection, it was so ordered.


There being no further business, at 6:29 PM Senator Hinojosa 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