Tuesday, February 12, 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, February 12, 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 9:00 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 III.  Witnesses registering and testifying are shown on the attached list.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

Available University Fund

Higher Education Fund

National Research University Fund

Permanent Fund Supporting Military and Veterans Exemptions

General Academic Institutions, Lamar State Colleges, Texas State Technical Colleges


At 10:49 AM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.


At 1:19 PM the Committee reconvened.


Health Related Institutions

Texas Woman’s University

Midwestern State University

Texas Southern University

Stephen F. Austin State University

Texas A&M University System Administration

Texas A&M System Agencies

Texas A&M Agrilife Research

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Texas A&M Forest Service

Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Texas A&M System Universities

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University – Galveston


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.


Prairie View A&M University


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Tarleton State University

Texas A&M University – Central Texas

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University – Kingsville

Texas A&M University – San Antonio

Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M University – Commerce

West Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University - Texarkana

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center

Texas State University System

Lamar University

Sam Houston State University

Sul Ross State University and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College

Texas State University

Lamar University Orange

Lamar Institute of Technology

Lamar University Port Arthur

University of North Texas System Administration

University of North Texas

University of North Texas at Dallas

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth


Public testimony was heard.


The Chair closed public testimony.


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


Senator Nelson announced that Article IX posted for Thursday, February 14, 2019 would be moved to Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and the Committee would not meet on Thursday.


There being no further business, at 6:42 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