Tuesday, February 14, 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, February 14, 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 9:03 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


Senator Nelson laid out as a matter of pending business SB 1.


Testimony was heard on SB 1 Article VII, Article VIII and Article IX. Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.


Texas Lottery Commission


Public Utility Commission of Texas


Office of Public Utility Counsel


Department of Insurance


At 10:40 AM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed until 30 minutes after adjournment of the Senate. Without objection, it was so ordered.


At 12:32 PM the Committee reconvened.


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.


Office of Public Insurance Counsel


Office of Injured Employee Counsel


State Office of Administrative Hearings


Texas Medical Board


Texas Board of Nursing


Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners


Board of Chiropractic Examiners


Texas State Board of Dental Examiners


Board of Pharmacy


Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners


Optometry Board


Board of Examiners of Psychologists


Senator Schwertner assumed the chair.


Health Professions Council


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.


Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners


Securities Board


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Funeral Service Commission


Board of Plumbing Examiners


Racing Commission


Board of Professional Land Surveying


Department of Licensing and Regulation


Board of Professional Geoscientists


Special Provisions Relating to All Regulatory Agencies


Special Provisions Article IX


Public testimony was heard.


Senator Nelson closed public testimony on SB 1.


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


Senator Nelson announced the following workgroups:

Articles I, IV and V:

Senator Huffman, Chair

Senator Hancock

Senator Hinojosa

Senator Kolkhorst

Senator Whitmire


Article II:

Senator Schwertner, Chair

Senator Birdwell

Senator Kolkhorst

Senator Uresti

Senator Watson


Article III:

Senator Taylor, Chair

Senator Bettencourt

Senator Hancock

Senator Seliger

Senator West


Articles VI, VII and VIII:

Senator Nichols, Chair

Senator Bettencourt

Senator Hinojosa

Senator Seliger

Senator Watson


There being no further business, at 3:58 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