Wednesday, August 27, 2008

9:00 a.m.

Capitol Extension, Room E1.036






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government Issues was held on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.





Senator Kip Averitt, Chair



Senator Troy Fraser

Senator Chris Harris

Senator Jane Nelson



Senator John Whitmire




A joint hearing of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on General Government Issues and the Senate State Affairs Committee was held.  Chairmen Averitt and Duncan shared presiding duties.


Senator Averitt called the Subcommittee on General Government Issues to order at 9:04 a.m.  The roll was called.


Senator Duncan called the State Affairs Committee to order at 9:05 a.m.


The Subcommittee heard invited and public testimony regarding the Subcommittee's Interim Joint Charge to review and evaluate appropriate state regulation of a private operator of the state lottery should the state receive bids for a lease of the lottery that merit strong consideration.  Provide recommendations for ensuring the security and integrity of the lottery and for adequate consumer protections.  Witnesses testifying and registering on the subject are shown on the attached list.


A quorum of the Subcommittee on General Government Issues now being present, Senator Averitt laid out proposed interim subcommittee rules.  Senator Nelson moved adoption of the rules as presented.  There being no objection, the rules were adopted by unanimous consent.


The roll was called for the State Affairs Committee, and a quorum was established.


Invited testimony resumed.


Senator Duncan recognized Senator Patrick as being present at the hearing.


Invited and public testimony continued.


Senator Duncan moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered. 


There being no further business, at 1:14 p.m. Senator Averitt moved that the Subcommittee stand recessed until 10 minutes after adjournment of the State Affairs hearing.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 




Senator Kip Averitt, Chair




Amy Jeter, Clerk