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SB 302, relating to the continuation and functions of the State Bar of Texas, and SB 303, relating to the continuation and functions of the Board of Law Examiners, both by Watson (D-Austin), were passed out of the Senate on Tuesday, April 4.
|House Criminal Jurisprudence|
The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee met on Monday, April 3 and considered a full agenda of bills, including HB 2680 by Canales (D-Edinburg), relating to the creation and promulgation of certain standard forms for statewide use in criminal actions, which was left pending. Click here to listen to the archived committee broadcast. The next committee meeting is scheduled for . Click here for the complete list of scheduled bills.
|House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence|
The House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee heard a variety of bills on Tuesday, April 4. Among the bills considered and left pending were several probate and trust bills that are part of the State Bar Legislative package, listed below, and HB 1532 by Farrar (D- Houston), relating to posting notice of self-help resources on the Internet website of a state court and in the office of the court clerk. The committee also considered and left pending several House Joint Resolutions dealing with eligibility requirements and terms of office of certain judicial offices. Click here to listen to an archived committee broadcast.
The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11. The following bills are included on the committee’s agenda:
|House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues|
The House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee met on Wednesday, April 5, and considered a variety of bills. The committee voted out several previously considered bills, including HB 730 by Bohac (R-Houston) relating to a disclosure by an attorney before accepting representation of a client in a suit for the dissolution of a marriage. Click here for the archived committee broadcast.
The committee agenda for next week was not posted in time for inclusion in the here. Update. Current information on upcoming meetings for this committee can be found
|Senate Criminal Justice|
The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice met on Tuesday, April 4. Click here to view the agenda.
Among the bills considered were:
SB 1, the budget bill for the 2018-2019 biennium, was debated on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 6. There were over 400 pre-filed amendments to the bill, and debate continued into the night. A final vote had not been taken in time for inclusion in the Update, but can be viewed here.
The House also considered and passed HB 2, relating to making supplemental appropriations and giving direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations. HB 2, commonly referred to as the supplemental budget bill, addresses shortfalls in the current 2016-17 budget.
Visit the House’s video/audio page to access the archived session broadcast for proceedings. Additional information about the proposed budget is available on the Legislative Budget Board website.
|State Bar Legislative Program|
The following bills, included in the State Bar’s 2017 legislative program, changed status this week: