COMMITTEE:    Business & Commerce 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 15, 2011 

PLACE:        E1.016 (Hearing Room) 
CHAIR:        Senator John Carona 



The Senate Committee on Business and Commerce will convene at 8:00 a.m. on March 15, 2011, in room E1.016 of the Capitol Extension to take up the following bills for consideration as new business:


SB 17         Carona                 
Relating to the regulation of residential mortgage loan servicers; providing an administrative penalty.

SB 411        Estes                  
Relating to the amount of wine certain wineries may sell directly to consumers.

SB 576        Eltife                 
Relating to reports filed with the comptroller regarding certain alcoholic beverage sales.

SB 590        Estes                  
Relating to retainage under certain construction contracts.

SB 782        Carona                 
Relating to uniform law on secured transactions.

SB 855        Duncan                 
Relating to assistance provided by the Office of Public Utility Counsel to interested parties on certain electricity matters involving certificates of convenience and necessity.

SB 918        Wentworth              
Relating to immunity for reporting insurance fraud.

SB 944        Jackson                
Relating to the creation of an advisory committee to make recommendations to the commissioner of insurance regarding certain automobile insurance claims.

SB 980        Carona | et al.        
Relating to communications services and markets.

SB 982        Carona                 
Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas in relation to extended service areas and toll-free local calling areas.

SB 983        Carona                 
Relating to the elimination of certain requirements for certain customer-specific communications contracts.

SB 984        Carona                 
Relating to the elimination of certain tariff filing requirements for telecommunications providers.

SB 985        Carona                 
Relating to the regulation of Voice over Internet Protocol service.

SB 986        Carona                 
Relating to deregulation of certain telecommunications markets and companies.

SB 1000       Eltife | et al.        
Relating to self-directed and semi-independent status of the Texas Real Estate Commission; making an appropriation.

At the Chair's discretion, the Committee may also consider any pending business. 



Written testimony of any length is welcome, please submit to the Committee staff 15 copies with your name and the bill number on each copy of the written testimony. Please provide an electronic version of written testimony at your earliest convenience. Please limit oral remarks to three minutes. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Committee office at or consult the website at