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Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence - 83rd R.S. (2013)
Examine the constitutional qualifications and term lengths for appellate court judges, and consider whether changes would benefit the public and the judiciary.
Study the potential issues involving civil liability for interacting with ex-offenders. In particular, examine the implications of HB 1188 83rd R.S. and the potential expansion of similar protections to landlords.
Review the methods used by state agencies and courts to prepare and publish electronic legal materials. Examine the processes used to ensure reliability and permanence of these materials and strategies used to harmonize those processes with national standards, including possible adoption of the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act.
Study issues that inhibit the use of wills and access to the probate process in Texas, particularly for low-income individuals.
Examine the public policy implications of litigation related to environmental contamination brought by local governments, in particular whether such litigation supports effective remediation.
Study the issue of whether Regional Presiding Judges should be appointed by the Chief Justice rather than the Governor.
Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should:
a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens;
b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate;
c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and
d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
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