The conference committee for SB 1
by Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) relating to certain state fiscal matters providing penalties has been named.
The Senate conferees are Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), Senator Robert Deuell (R-Greenville), Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Senator Florence Shapiro (R-Plano), and Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands). The House conferees are Representative Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie), Representative Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands), Representative Charlie Geren (R-River Oaks), Representative John Otto (R-Dayton), and Representative Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio).
The conference committee is working to resolve the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Among the differences is an exemption for full-time state attorneys from minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) requirements. The Senate version of the bill only exempts attorneys in the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and requires that the OAG provide an in-house MCLE equivalent. The House version exempts all full-time state attorneys, while only requiring the OAG to provide in-house training. Both versions of the bill require these attorneys to maintain the three hour MCLE requirement in legal ethics or professional responsibility.