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April 17, 2009
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House Debates 2010-11 Budget
Senate Jurisprudence Committee
House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee
State Bar Legislative Package
Franchise Tax Bills
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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’ website.

 

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 (D-Houston).  

 

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 Committee met 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.

 


Friday Update Archives

To review past issues of the Friday Update, visit www.texasbar.com/fridayupdate.

 

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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