House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee
The House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee met on May 13. The following bills were among those voted out favorably:
- SB 108 by West (D-Dallas) relating to adverse possession of real property by a cotenant heir against other cotenant heirs;
- SB 768 by Uresti (D-San Antonio) relating to suits affecting the parent-child relationship; and
- SB 778 by Carona (R-Dallas) relating to trusts.
In addition, the committee heard testimony on a number of other bills including:
- SB 110 by West (D-Dallas) relating to eligibility for compensation of persons wrongfully imprisoned;
- SB 1891 by Watson (D-Austin) relating to the imposition of an additional fee for filing civil cases in certain Travis County courts; and
- SB 1908 by West (D-Dallas) relating to a study conducted by the Office of Court Administration of the Texas Judicial System and the repeal of certain court fees and costs.
Each of these bills was voted favorably from committee at the May 15 meeting. Click here for links to the committee minutes, witness lists, and archived broadcasts.
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
SB 592 by Ellis (D-Houston) relating to the representation of indigent defendants in criminal cases and SB 780 by Hinojosa (D-McAllen) relating to the prioritization of certain available legal defense services when appointing representation for an indigent defendant in a criminal case were considered at the May 13 meeting of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. Both bills were voted favorably out of committee on May 15 with other pending bills. Click here for the archived broadcast of the May 13 hearing.
Senate Jurisprudence Committee
HB 3153 by Lewis (R-Odessa) relating to the creation and composition of district courts and statutory county courts and county courts at law was considered by the Senate Jurisprudence Committee on May 14. The bill was among the pending business voted favorably from committee at the May 15 meeting.
The committee also met on May 16. The following bills were among those considered by the committee:
- HB 1846 by Carter (R-Dallas) relating to suspension or denial of issuance or renewal of a license for failure to pay child support; and
- HB 2749 by Parker (R-Flower Mound) relating to promulgation by the supreme court of standard forms for use in certain expedited foreclosure proceedings.
HB 1846 was voted favorably and HB 2749 was left pending. Click here for the archived committee broadcast.
Senate Criminal Justice Committee
HB 166 by McClendon (D-San Antonio) relating to the creation of a commission to investigate convictions after exoneration and to prevent wrongful convictions was considered by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on May 14.
The committee met again on May 15 and May 16 to consider bills and vote on pending legislation. HB 8 by Thompson (D-Houston) relating to the prosecution and punishment of offenses related to trafficking of persons and to certain protections for victims of trafficking of persons was among the bills considered and voted favorably at the May 16 hearing. Click here to access the committee meeting agendas, minutes, and archived broadcasts.