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House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence - 82nd R.S. (2011)

Committee Members
Jim Jackson, Chair
Tryon D. Lewis, Vice Chair
Dwayne Bohac
Joaquin Castro
Sarah Davis
Will Hartnett
Jerry Madden
Richard Peña Raymond
Connie Scott
Senfronia Thompson
Beverly Woolley
Charges
• Study the potential effects on victims of family and domestic violence in the judicial process if courts are allowed to issue agreed protective orders without a finding of violence.
• Study and make recommendations regarding the discrepancies in guardianship and child custody statutes. Review potential solutions to the problems surrounding "arbitrary and capricious" findings by trial court judges.
• Study the rules of statutory construction and establish a method of determining legislative intent.
• Study the degree of transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trusts and how it affects litigation of asbestos exposure claims in Texas courts.
• Study the public policy implications of lawsuit lending and its effects on the civil justice system.
• Study whether the asbestos and silica multidistrict litigation courts should be allowed to dismiss, without prejudice, claims on the courts' inactive dockets for want of prosecution under certain circumstances.
• Study best practices regarding corporate governance. Make recommendations on the confidentiality of communications to ombudsmen in order to provide more protections to complaining parties.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
• Study and make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability.
• Find ways to increase transparency, accountability and efficiency in state government.

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