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April 29, 2014

To the Heirs of Spanish & Mexican Land Grants
Texas House Bill 724 - 04/25/14 Meeting Update

The Texas House Bill 724 meeting held in Austin on 04/25/14 was well attended.  Again the first meeting room overflowed into a second meeting room accommodating all that showed up. The hearing was broadcast live at

Below is the HB724 Unclaimed Mineral Proceeds Commission Agenda:

1. Call to order and roll call: Lance K. Bruun, Presiding Officer
2. Approval of Minutes for February 28, 2014 meeting
3. Discussion of Commission rules

4. Invited testimony:
1) Overview of unclaimed property funds and the state appropriations process - Philip Ashley, Fiscal
Management Division, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
2) Overview of the Texas Unclaimed Property Database and reporting requirements - Bryant Clayton and Frances Torres, Unclaimed Property Division - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
3) Overview of Texas Railroad Commission’s records and data - Colin Lineberry, Texas Railroad Commission
4) Oil and Gas Industry representative on reporting unclaimed property
5) Don Tomlinson
6) John Falcon

5. Report by Messrs. Burton, Ramos and Rangel concerning legal issues relating to ownership of minerals
6. Discussion of Ms. Fowler’s response to Mr. Bruun’s request from the February 28, 2014 hearing
7. Discussion of Judge David Peeples draft order
8. Discussion of White Paper received from George Farias
9. Discussion of future Commission meetings: Lance K. Bruun, Presiding Officer
10. Adjourn: Lance K. Bruun, Presiding Officer

Beneath is the link to see a video from 04/25/14 for the State Capital Mineral Commission meeting on HB724. You may need to install RealPlayer Cloud to see the video:

Below is a link for a free download and instructions to install RealPlayer Cloud to see the video:

If you do not want to install the software mentioned above, you may listen to these recordings in CD or cassette format in the House Communications, Video/Audio Services office, located in the John H. Reagan Building at 105 West 15th Street, Room 330 Austin, TX. (Just North of the State Capitol) Copies of the audio recordings may be purchased for a fee. For more information, call (512) 463-0920. You may send your signed Open Records Request letter via fax at (512) 463-5729 or mail to the Texas House of Representatives, c/o Video/Audio Services, P. O. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768-2910.

BFO leadership recommends viewing the meetings to stay pace with the action and watch history being prepared…. The next HB724 Mineral Commission meeting is scheduled for 06/27/14. We will post details on that meeting as soon they become available.

Fred B. Balli