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MINUTES

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Monday, July 11, 2022

10:00 AM

Capitol Extension, Room E1.036

 

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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 Monday, July 11, 2022, in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.036, at Austin, Texas.

 

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MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

Senator Joan Huffman, Chair

 

Senator Paul Bettencourt

Senator Juan Hinojosa, Vice Chair

 

Senator Kelly Hancock

Senator Dawn Buckingham

 

Senator Bryan Hughes

Senator Donna Campbell

 

 

Senator Brandon Creighton

 

 

Senator Lois Kolkhorst

 

 

Senator Jane Nelson

 

 

Senator Robert Nichols

 

 

Senator Charles Perry

 

 

Senator Charles Schwertner

 

 

Senator Royce West

 

 

Senator John Whitmire

 

 

 

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The Chair called the meeting to order at 10:03 AM. There being a quorum present, the following business was transacted:

 

Senator Huffman made opening remarks.

 

The Committee heard invited and public testimony on the following interim charge:

 

Federal Funds - Report on the state use of federal COVID-19 relief funds provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Acts, and similar federal legislation. Examine local use of federal relief funding, including funding provided to school districts through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Evaluate the overall fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state agencies, including costs incurred due to federal mandates. Identify barriers to the effective utilization of funds and make recommendations on the expenditure of unappropriated funds. In addition, evaluate and report on the spending by state agencies that have been utilizing "one-time" federal funding (temporary enhancements, e.g. FMAP and ESSER) sources, where federal funding will likely be significantly reduced in future biennia.

Witnesses testifying and registering are shown on the attached list.

 

The Chair moved that the public testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.

 

There being no further business, at 3:33 PM Senator Huffman moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

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Senator Joan Huffman, Chair

 

 

 

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Stephanie Hoover, Clerk