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House Committee on Judiciary - 66th R.S. (1979)

Committee Members
Ben Z. Grant, Chair
Melchor Chavez, Vice Chair
Ronald D. Coleman, Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters
Jerry L. Benedict
David Cain
Betty Denton
Danny Hill
Robert 'Bob' Maloney
Paul Moreno
Irma Rangel
Hector Uribe
Charges
• Study the feasibility of a codification of the judicial statutes of Texas.
• Study the need for laws to define and limit the powers and authorities of paralegals.
• Make recommendations for revisions of the rules of venue.
• Investigate the fair trial and free press guidelines adopted by the American Bar Association House of Delegates as applied to the Judicial Branch of Texas, to determine whether such guidelines should be adopted by the Legislature.
• Study state contracts and the feasibility of modifying current statutes related to liquidated damages.
• Outline the various fees and court costs in Texas, to ascertain whether these charges are commensurate with the costs of the services provided.
• Study means of streamlining and making more efficient the administration of justice at the trial court level.
• Study the need for implementing legislation relating to changing the Courts of Civil Appeals to "Courts of Appeals" with criminal jurisdiction (SJR 36, 66th Legislature, Regular Session).
• Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actons of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 66th Regular Session of the Legislature. The agencies include:
Secretary of State (partial -- Uniform Commercial Code)
Office of Court Administration
Texas Judicial Council
State Law Library
Office of the Attorney General (partial -- less Workers' Compensation)

Note:
Coleman (Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters) appointed by Speaker 2/6/1979.

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