Thursday, February 7, 2013

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 Thursday, February 7, 2013, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Tommy Williams, Chair


Senator Royce West

Senator Juan Hinojosa, Vice Chair



Senator Bob Deuell



Senator Robert Duncan



Senator Kevin Eltife



Senator Craig Estes



Senator Glenn Hegar



Senator Joan Huffman



Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.



Senator Jane Nelson



Senator Dan Patrick



Senator Kel Seliger

Senator John Whitmire

Senator Judith Zaffirini












The chair called the meeting to order at 9:01 AM. The following business was transacted:


The chair laid out Senate Bill 1 as pending business.


Testimony was heard on Article I - General Government. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.


Commission on State Emergency Communications


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.


Public Finance Authority


Bond Debt Service Payments


Bond Review Board


Commission on the Arts


Department of Information Resources


Testimony was heard on Article V - Public Safety and Criminal Justice. Witnesses testifying and registering on the bill are shown on the attached list.


Department of Public Safety


Senator Williams resumed the chair.


Senator Whitmire assumed the chair.


Department of Criminal Justice


Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles


Juvenile Justice Department


Senator Williams resumed the chair.


Adjutant General’s Department


Senator Hinojosa assumed the chair.


Alcoholic Beverage Commission


Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education


Special Provisions Relating to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Agencies 


Public testimony was heard.


Senator Williams resumed the chair. 


Senator Williams announced Workgroups and the Subcommittee.


I - General Government & VII - Economic Development

Senator Hinojosa - Co-Chair, Senator Deuell - Co-Chair, Senator Eltife, Senator Nelson, Senator West


II - Health and Human Services

Senator Nelson - Chair, Senator Deuell, Senator Huffman, Senator Patrick, Senator Zaffirini


Public Education

Senator Patrick - Chair, Senator Deuell, Senator Duncan, Senator Lucio, Senator West


Higher Education

Senator Duncan - Co-Chair, Senator Seliger - Co-Chair, Senator Hegar, Senator West, Senator Zaffirini


IV - Judiciary & V - Public Safety

Senator Whitmire - Chair, Senator Hinojosa, Senator Estes, Senator Huffman, Senator Patrick


VI - Natural Resources & VIII - Regulatory

Senator Estes – Chair, Senator Hinojosa, Senator Deuell, Senator Hegar, Senator Seliger


Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters

Senator Hegar - Chair, Senator Huffman, Senator Lucio, Senator Nelson, Senator Whitmire


Capital Needs

Senator Eltife - Chair, Senator Seliger, Senator Zaffirini


Community Colleges

Senator Duncan - Co-Chair, Senator Seliger - Co-Chair, Senator Eltife, Senator Lucio, Senator Whitmire



Senator Duncan - Chair, Senator Whitmire, Senator Zaffirini


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


There being no further business, at 4:04 PM Senator Williams moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.









Senator Tommy Williams, Chair




Stephanie Hoover, Clerk