Wednesday, February 21, 2018

10:00 AM

Senate Chamber




Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.10 and 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on State Affairs was held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in the Senate Chamber.







Senator Joan Huffman, Chair


Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Senator Bryan Hughes, Vice Chair



Senator Brian Birdwell



Senator Brandon Creighton



Senator Craig Estes



Senator Jane Nelson



Senator Charles Schwertner



Senator Judith Zaffirini






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


 The committee heard invited and public testimony regarding the following interim charges:

1)      Examine the Attorney General's jurisdiction on issues of alleged violations of state laws regarding abortion and multi-jurisdictional human trafficking cases. Make recommendations to ensure uniform enforcement across the state.

2)      Monitor the implementation of legislation that protects citizens' religious freedoms, including Senate Bill 24 (sermon safeguard) and House Bill 555 (religious liberty of county clerks), and make recommendations for any legislation needed to ensure that citizens' religious freedoms are not eroded by local ordinances or state or federal law.


Witnesses testifying on the charge are shown on the attached list. The chair moved that the testimony be closed; without objection, it was so ordered.


There being no further business, at 1:41 PM Senator Huffman moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair. Without objection, it was so ordered.









Senator Joan Huffman, Chair




Ashley Brooks, Clerk