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Senator Jane Nelson: District 12
February 25, 2015
Contact: Megan Hanson

On the agenda: Article VIII

  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Texas Board of Nursing
  • Racing Commission
  • Department of Insurance
  • State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH)
  • Public Utility Commission
  • Texas Medical Board

For the full agenda, please view the posting online


  • Racing Commission
    • SB 2 appropriated no funding for the Racing Commission.
    • Statement from Senator Nelson: "The Racing Commission exceeded its authority when its board approved instant racing over strong objections from legislators. I want horse racing in Texas to succeed, but decisions about the expansion of gambling in this state rest with the Legislature."
  • State Office of Administrative Hearings
    • SB 2 includes an increase in All Funds due to an increase of $6.6M in General Revenue Funds to offset ending diversions from Fund 6, the State Highway Fund, as well as an increase of $1.6M in Other Funds for an anticipated increased workload in the 2016–2017 biennium.
    • SOAH is currently undergoing Sunset review. The agency's Sunset report can be viewed here.
  • Public Utility Commission
    • SB2 includes a contingency rider appropriating the remaining balance of $247M from the GR-D System Benefit Fund Account, upon the passage of legislation authorizing the extension of the Low-Income Discount program to FY17. Last session this was the largest GR-D account balance with over a $1B.

To watch the Senate Finance Committee hearing online, click here.

Senator Jane Nelson
Chair, Senate Finance Committee