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|After a long
holiday weekend, the House and Senate took up business on Tuesday. Both the House
and Senate calendars, as well as committee agendas, are growing longer each week
as end of session deadlines approach.|
|State Bar Section-Supported Bills Moving|
|On Wednesday, the House State Affairs
Committee passed a proposal supported by the Family Law Section. HB 1998 by Representative
Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles (D-McAllen) relates to the requirements for a gestational
here for more information on HB 1998.
Also on Wednesday, the Senate
State Affairs Committee passed legislation supported by the Alternative Dispute
Resolution Section. SB 1167 by Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) relates to appeals
in cases arising under the Federal Arbitration Act.
here for more information on SB 1167.
|Budget Moves Forward|
|On Thursday, the Senate passed HB 1, the general appropriations bill for
the 2008-2009 biennium, after roughly six hours of debate. The Senate version
calls for a $152.6 billion budget for the two-year period -- $2.5 billion more
in spending than the House version. Now that both chambers have passed their own
version of the budget, the Speaker and Lieutenant Governor will each appoint five
members to a conference committee to work out the differences.|
here for more information on HB 1.
The Senate State Affairs Committee is expected to
continue to discuss the court reorganization bill, taking up a revised version
of SB 1204 by Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) at its meeting on Monday, April
16. Senator Duncan had left the bill pending to gather feedback from interested
here on Monday to listen to testimony (select the Senate Committee on State
here for more information on SB 1204.
The House Judiciary Committee
will hear HJR 89 by Representative Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown) on Monday, April
16, at 3 p.m. or upon adjournment of the House. This legislation proposes a constitutional
amendment requiring certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for
appellate judges and justices and increases the age and experience requirements.
HJR 89 also requires board certification for district judges.
here to listen to the hearing (select Committee on Judiciary).
here for more information on HJR 89.
|Senate Committee Passes UNT System Law School Bill|
|The Senate Education Committee
passed SB 105 by Senator Royce West (D-Dallas) on Thursday that would establish
a public law school in Dallas operated by the University of North Texas System.
The bill awaits consideration by the full Senate. |
here for more information on SB 105.
|As of today, 45 days remain in the regular legislative session.|
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