COMMITTEE:    Business & Commerce 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Tuesday, March 29, 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 29, 2011, in room E1.016 of the Capitol Extension to take up the following bills for consideration as new business:


SB 937        Lucio                  
Relating to priorities for restoration of electric service following an extended power outage.

SB 1087       Carona                 
Relating to state-issued certificates of franchise authority to provide cable service and video service.

SB 1150       Seliger                
Relating to requiring certain non-ERCOT utilities to comply with energy efficiency goals.

SB 1153       Williams               
Relating to the authority of the Public Utility Commission of Texas regarding an electric utility's membership in or control by a regional transmission organization or independent system operator and to participate in certain proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding an electric utility's membership in a power region, regional transmission organization, or independent system operator.

SB 1217       Estes                  
Relating to an excavator's duty to notify a notification center before excavating; providing civil and criminal penalties.

SB 1219       Carona                 
Relating to the website operated by the Public Utility Commission of Texas to provide information regarding the power to choose and a study on standardized electric service products and contracts.

SB 1230       Estes                  
Relating to the construction and operation of combined heating and power facilities in certain cities.

SB 1309       Hinojosa               
Relating to rate adjustments by gas utilities.

SB 1501       Watson                 
Relating to energy and efficiency conservation programs administered by the Texas Public Utility Commission.

SB 1693       Carona                 
Relating to periodic rate adjustments by electric utilities.

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