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Tuesday, March 2, 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 Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.







Senator Jane Nelson, Chair



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



Senator John Whitmire






The chair called the meeting to order at 9:04 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 VII and Article VIII. Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.

Article VII

Department of Motor Vehicles

Workforce Commission & The Reimbursements to the Unemployment Compensation Benefit Account

Department of Housing and Community Affairs


Senator Lucio assumed the chair.


Lottery Commission


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Department of Transportation


Senator Lucio assumed the chair.


Senator Nelson resumed the chair.


Article VIII

Department of Licensing and Regulation

Trade Related Article VIII Agencies

Board of Plumbing Examiners

Board of Professional Geoscientists

Health Related Article VIII Agencies

Board of Dental Examiners

Medical Board

Board of Nursing

Optometry Board

Board of Pharmacy

Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners

Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council


At 2:18 PM Senator Nelson announced that the Committee stand recessed until one hour upon adjournment of the Senate.


At 5:02 PM the Committee reconvened.


Health Professions Council

Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners

Board of Chiropractic Examiners

State Office of Administrative Hearings

Department of Insurance

Office of Public Insurance Counsel

Office of Injured Employee Counsel

Public Utility Commission

Office of Public Utility Counsel

Racing Commission

Funeral Service Commission

Securities Board

Special Provisions Relating to All Regulatory Agencies


Public testimony was heard.


The chair closed testimony on Articles VII and VIII.


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


There being no further business, at 7:22 PM Senator Nelson moved that the Committee stand recessed until Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM. Without objection, it was so ordered.






Senator Jane Nelson, Chair





Stephanie Hoover, Clerk