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

Committee Members
Ronald C. Bird, Chair
Anita Hill, Vice Chair
W.S. 'Bill' Heatly, Vice Chair - Appropriative Matters
Dave Allred
Gonzalo Barrientos
Jerry 'Nub' Donaldson
Robert C. 'Frank' Gaston
Samuel Hudson III
Albert Luna III
Mary Polk
Ben T. Reyes
John Whitmire
Charges
• Oversight functions shall be conducted for all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned for appropriative purposes during the Sixty-sixth Regular Session of the Legislature. These are: Supreme Court of Texas, Courts of Civil Appeals, State Bar of Texas, Board of Law Examiners, State Commission on Judicial Conduct, Judiciary Section, Comptroller's Office.
• Study the use of masters and other parajudicial personnel as a method of easing caseloads in certain courts.
• Identify concurrent jurisdiction in civil cases among the trial courts in Texas and make appropriate recommendations.
• Review court systems in other states.
• Undertake a comprehensive study of the Family Code with recommendations as to recodification.
• Study the need and benefits of having regional medical examiners in determining deaths caused by sexual abuse, child abuse, drugs and alcohol.
• Study the needs of the Courts of Civil Appeals.
• Determine the support services needed by the Supreme Court and recommend appropriate funding.

Note:
Ben Reyes (Member) resigned 1/2/1980.
Albert Luna III sworn in 1/25/1980.

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