Thursday, February 9, 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 Thursday, February 9, 2017, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Jane Nelson, Chair


Senator Carlos Uresti

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 Kirk Watson



Senator Royce West



Senator John Whitmire






The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:03 AM. The following business was transacted:


The Chair laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1.


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


Office of State Prosecuting Attorney


Office of Court Administration


Texas Indigent Defense Commission


State Law Library


Comptroller’s Department, Judiciary Section


Office of Capital and Forensic Writs


Special Provisions Relating to the Judiciary


General Land Office and Veterans’ Land Board 


Texas Department of Agriculture


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.  


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Animal Health Commission


Railroad Commission


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.


Commission on Environmental Quality


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Soil and Water Conservation Board


Water Development Board


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.


Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Public Testimony was heard.


Senator Nelson closed public testimony.


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


There being no further business, at 5:16 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