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Thursday, February 11, 2021

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 11, 2021, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Jane Nelson, Chair


Senator John Whitmire

Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., Vice Chair



Senator Paul Bettencourt



Senator Dawn Buckingham



Senator Donna Campbell



Senator Brandon Creighton



Senator Kelly Hancock



Senator Joan Huffman



Senator Lois Kolkhorst



Senator Robert Nichols



Senator Charles Perry



Senator Charles Schwertner



Senator Larry Taylor



Senator Royce West









The chair called the meeting to order at 9:03 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:


The chair made opening remarks.


Senator Nelson laid out SB 1. Testimony was heard on SB 1 – Article 1V. Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.


Supreme Court of Texas

Court of Criminal Appeals

14 Courts of Appeals

First Court of Appeals District, Houston

Second Court of Appeals District, Fort Worth

Third Court of Appeals District, Austin

Fourth Court of Appeals District, San Antonio

Fifth Court of Appeals District, Dallas

Sixth Court of Appeals District, Texarkana

Seventh Court of Appeals District, Amarillo

Eighth Court of Appeals District, El Paso

Ninth Court of Appeals District, Beaumont

Tenth Court of Appeals District, Waco

Eleventh Court of Appeals District, Eastland

Twelfth Court of Appeals District, Tyler

Thirteenth Court of Appeals District, Corpus Christi-Edinburg

Fourteenth Court of Appeals District, Houston


Comptroller’s Department, Judiciary Section           

Office of Court Administration

Texas Indigent Defense Commission

Office of State Prosecuting Attorney

State Law Library

Office of Capital and Forensic Writs

Commission on Judicial Conduct

Special Provisions Relating to Public Safety and Criminal Justice Agencies


Public testimony was heard.


The chair closed testimony on Article IV.


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


There being no further business, at 12:16 PM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed until 10:00 AM, February 16, 2021.  Without objection, it was so ordered.









Senator Jane Nelson, Chair




Stephanie Hoover, Clerk