|House Debates 2010-11 Budget|
Debate on SB 1, the general appropriations bill
for the 2010–11 biennium, begins on the House floor today and could
last into the weekend. To listen live to the debate, visit the Video/Audio page on the Texas House of Representatives’
HB 4586, the supplemental appropriations bill, was heard on the floor
yesterday, April 16. To listen to the archived broadcast of the floor debate on
HB 4586, click here.
|Senate Jurisprudence Committee|
The Senate Jurisprudence Committee met Wednesday afternoon and considered
a number of bills, including two bills by Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) relating
to funding for civil legal services to the poor. For the complete list of bills
heard at the April 15 hearing, click here.
- SB 2214 relating to
a fee imposed on foreclosure filings to fund civil legal services to indigent
Texans would provide for a $150
fee on foreclosure filings to supplement funding for civil legal services
to the poor. SB 2214 was left pending.
- SB 2279 relating to the dedication of certain civil penalties
for violations of the Business & Commerce Code to provide civil legal services
to the indigent would provide for the net funds received after payments to the
Office of the Attorney General and restitution to affected parties to be transferred
to the Texas Supreme Court to fund civil legal aid. SB 2279 was voted favorably
from committee. The House version is HB 2517 by Representative Sylvester Turner
In addition, several bills previously heard and left
pending in the committee were favorably voted from committee, including SB 992 by Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock). SB 992 is the
court reorganization bill that was first heard in the Senate Jurisprudence Committee on April 2.
|House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee|
The House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Click here for Tuesday’s committee notice
and here for Wednesday’s. A few bills that were heard this week are listed below.
- HB 2234 by
Representative Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) relating to the eligibility of certain
judges to take the bar examination was heard and left pending on Tuesday. Under
HB 2234, constitutional county court judges would be allowed to sit for the bar
exam without going to law school if they have eight consecutive years of judicial
service hearing cases or six consecutive years of judicial service with a baccalaureate
or advanced degree from a public or private institution of higher education.
- HB 2517 by S. Turner was heard and left pending on Wednesday. HB 2517 would provide
for the net funds received after payments to the Office of the Attorney General
and restitution to affected parties to be transferred to the Texas Supreme Court
to fund civil legal aid. The Senate version is SB 2279 by Ellis.
- HB 3637 by Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Marshall)
relating to filing fees for civil actions or proceedings in a district, county,
justice, or small claims court was heard and left pending on Tuesday. HB 3637
would increase filing fees in justice of the peace courts and county courts. The
Senate version is SB 1754 by Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio).
- HB 2696 by Representative Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown) relating
to arbitration proceedings was heard and left pending on Wednesday.
- HB 2702 by Representative Jim Dunnam (D-Waco) relating to the adoption of rules
of civil procedures by the Texas Supreme Court was heard and left pending on Wednesday.
|State Bar Legislative Package|
The following bills
that are included in the State Bar’s 2009 legislative package changed status this week:
HB 2984 by Representative Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) relating
to child support arrearages and a counterclaim or offset based on certain disability
payments has been scheduled for hearing in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
Committee on April 20. The Senate version is SB 1514 by Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin).
HB 3350 by Representative Will Hartnett (R-Dallas) relating to decedents’
estates was heard and left pending in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
Committee on April 14.
HB 3559 by Phillips relating to the qualifications and duties of a parenting coordinator
in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship has been scheduled for hearing
in the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee on April 20. The Senate
version is SB 864 by Senator Chris Harris (R-Arlington).
SB 2027 by Watson relating to gestational agreements has been recommended for the
Senate's Local/Uncontested Calendar.
SB 2071 by Duncan relating to nonsubstantive revisions of the
Texas Probate Code has been recommended for the Senate’s Local/Uncontested
Calendar. The House companion bill, HB 2502 by Hartnett, was reported favorably from the House State
Affairs Committee on April 15.
|Franchise Tax Bills|
A number of bills relating to the state’s franchise tax were heard
in the House
Ways and Means Committee on April 15. Click here for a link to the archived committee broadcast.