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House Committee on Judiciary - 67th R.S. (1981)

Committee Members
Bob Bush, Chair
Matt Garcia, Vice Chair
Robert 'Bob' Maloney, Chair - Budget & Oversight
James Nowlin, Chair - Budget & Oversight
Tommy Adkisson
Henry E. Allee
Paul Colbert
Ronald D. Coleman
Betty Denton
Rollin Khoury
Irma Rangel
John Whitmire
Charges
• Study Title II, Subtitle A and Title III of the Family Code, with a view toward recommendations modifying and expanding the statutes, including but not limited to:
(a) parental kidnapping;
(b) the disposition of juvenile cases
(c) special issued in suits affecting the parent-child relationship;
(d) mandatory requirements for court interpreters; and
(e) grandparent visitation.
• Study the preservation of records of the courts of appeal and district courts.
• Study the rules of evidence for civil cases.
• Review the hearing and investigative processes of the Judicial Conduct Commission.
• Review the general rules of venue.
• Study the Open Meetings Act to determine if changes are necessary to make the Act more effective.
• Investigate the need to simplify jury instructions and general charges.
• Study the feasibility of making punishment provisions for offenses mentioned in the various codes and civil statutes conform to the classes of offenses set out in the Texas Penal Code.
• Examine the statutes of limitations.
• Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 67th Regular Session of the Legislature. In addition, a study should be made of the impact of any federal cuts, and the differences in the operational aspect of the agencies under block vs. categorical grants. Close scrutiny should be given to each agency to ascertain if legislative intent is being carried out in the rules promulgated by the agency and if the rules are feasible and practical in their application. These agencies include:
Secretary of State (partial -- Uniform Commercial Code)
Office of Court Administration
Texas Judicial Council
State Law Library
Office of the Attorney General

Note:
James Nowlin (Chair - Budget and Oversight) resigned 11/6/1981.
John Whitmire is listed as a committee member in the interim report.
Robert Maloney is listed as Chair - Budget & Oversight in the interim report.

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