Tuesday, January 29, 2019

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 29, 2019, 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 Donna Campbell



Senator Peter Flores



Senator Kelly Hancock



Senator Joan Huffman



Senator Lois Kolkhorst



Senator Robert Nichols



Senator Charles Perry



Senator Larry Taylor



Senator Kirk Watson



Senator Royce West



Senator John Whitmire






The Chair called the meeting to order at 9:02 AM. There being a quorum present, 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. Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.


Supreme Court of Texas

Court of Criminal Appeals

14 Courts of Appeals

            First Court of Appeals District, Houston

            Second Court of Appeals District, Fort Worth

            Third Court of Appeals District, Austin

            Fourth Court of Appeals District, San Antonio

            Fifth Court of Appeals District, Dallas

            Sixth Court of Appeals District, Texarkana

            Seventh Court of Appeals District, Amarillo

            Eighth Court of Appeals District, El Paso

            Ninth Court of Appeals District, Beaumont

            Tenth Court of Appeals District, Waco

Eleventh Court of Appeals District, Eastland

Twelfth Court of Appeals District, Tyler

Thirteenth Court of Appeals District, Corpus Christi-Edinburg

Fourteenth Court of Appeals District, Houston

Comptroller’s Department, Judiciary Section

Office of Court Administration


At 10:46 AM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed until 30 minutes after adjournment of the Senate. Without objection, it was so ordered.


At 1:06 PM the Committee reconvened.


Testimony continued with the Office of Court Administration.


 Texas Indigent Defense Commission

 Office of State Prosecuting Attorney

 State Law Library

 Office of Capital and Forensic Writs

 Commission on Judicial Conduct

 Special Provisions Relating to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Agencies 


Public testimony was heard.


The Chair closed public testimony.


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


There being no further business, at 3:18 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