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House Committee on Civil Practices - 77th R.S. (2001)

Committee Members
Fred Bosse, Chair
Kyle L. Janek, Vice Chair
Ron Clark
Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Ruben Hope, Jr.
Trey Martinez Fischer
Joe Nixon
John Smithee
Zeb Zbranek
Charges
• Examine practices by courts and attorneys in product liability cases that may be detrimental to public health and safety. The review should include the sealing of records that might assist the public in assessing the dangers of using a product, agreements not to disclose information to the public or regulatory agencies, and any other rules, practices or laws deemed relevant by the committee.
• Examine changes over the last decade to the civil justice system that affect the right of litigants (citizens or businesses) to receive appropriate review by a judicial body, including arbitration, mediation, other types of alternative dispute resolution.
• Review changes in federal laws and law enforcement procedures, as well as recommendations from state and national agencies charged with homeland protection, to assess the need for changes in state civil laws to protect life and property and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.

• Review recent decisions of Texas appellate courts and identify those decisions that: (1) clearly failed to properly implement legislative purposes, (2) found two or more statutes to be in conflict, (3) held a statute to be unconstitutional, (4) expressly found a statute to be ambiguous, or (5) expressly suggested legislative action.

• Monitor the rule-making proceedings of the Texas Supreme Court.

Note:
Kyle Janek (Vice Chair) elected to Senate 11/05/2002, sworn in 11/19/2002. Ron Clark (Member) resigned 11/21/2002.

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