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June 17, 2011
Fiscal Matters Legislation
Judicial Operation & Administration
Annual Meeting Legislative Updates
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Fiscal Matters Legislation
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.

Judicial Operation & Administration
HB 79 by Representative Tryon Lewis (R-Odessa) relating to fiscal and other matters necessary for implementation of the judiciary budget as enacted by HB 1, acts of the 2011 regular session of the 82nd Legislature, and to the operation and administration of, and practice and procedures in courts in, the judicial branch of state government was voted favorably from the House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee on Tuesday. The bill has been placed on the House calendar for Monday, June 20.   

HB 79 is similar to SB 1717 from the regular session. The conference committee report for SB 1717, by Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) relating to the operation and administration of the judicial branch of state government, was left pending on the House calendar at the close of the session.

Annual Meeting Legislative Updates
The 2011 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting will be held in San Antonio next Thursday and Friday, June 23–24. The Annual Meeting will feature a legislative update track on Friday, June 24. Click here for more information.

  • The House of Representatives adjourned until 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 20.
  • The Senate adjourned until 1:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20.
  • Today is the 18th day of the special session (special sessions can last up to 30 days).
The State Bar is prohibited by a U.S. Supreme Court decision from lobbying on most issues. The State Bar will keep its members informed of what is happening at the Capitol and how proposed legislation might affect Texans and the legal profession. For more information, contact the State Bar Governmental Relations Department at govt.relations@texasbar.com or (800)204-2222, Ext. 6826.

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