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Committee: House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Asbestos litigation | Bankruptcy | Child custody | Court Administration, State Office of | Court costs and fees | Court records | Family violence | Guardianship | Lawsuit lending | Legislative intent | Ombudsmen | Protective orders | Rules and regulations | Statutory revision | Wills and estates |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 J898
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [34 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the potential effects on victims of family and domestic violence in the judicial process if courts are allowed to issue agreed protective orders without a finding of violence.
2. Study and make recommendations regarding the discrepancies in guardianship and child custody statutes. Review potential solutions to the problems surrounding "arbitrary and capricious" findings by trial court judges.
3. Study the rules of statutory construction and establish a method of determining legislative intent.
4. Study the degree of transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trusts and how it affects litigation of asbestos exposure claims in Texas courts.
5. Study the public policy implications of lawsuit lending and its effects on the civil justice system.
6. Study whether the asbestos and silica multidistrict litigation courts should be allowed to dismiss, without prejudice, claims on the courts' inactive dockets for want of prosecution under certain circumstances.
7. Study best practices regarding corporate governance. Make recommendations on the confidentiality of communications to ombudsmen in order to provide more protections to complaining parties.
8. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 82nd Legislature.
Committee: House Human Services
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Human Services, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Child custody | Child Protective Services | Foster care | Long-term care | Mentally disabled persons | Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program | Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 H88
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [173 pages  File size: 3,666 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the implementation of the Department of Justice settlement agreement, SB 643, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, and other reforms to services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
2. Monitor the implementation of provisions in SB 2080, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the creation of a permanency assistance program. Evaluate and make recommendations about the foster care licensing process for relatives, the payment structure for a relative who becomes a child's permanent managing conservator, and any factors that should be considered in evaluating program performance and sustainability in the future.
3. Determine the feasibility of instituting a comprehensive, single point of entry system to simplify and expedite the process of accessing long-term care services for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities.
4. Monitor the Health and Human Services Commission's progress toward improving the timeliness of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility determinations. Evaluate the impact of corrective measures already taken by the commission.
5. Analyze the practice of using informal or voluntary caregivers ("parental child safety placements") during a Child Protective Services investigation. Study and make recommendations regarding: a) efforts to track data related to parental child safety placements; b) incorporation of the power of attorney process authorized by SB 1598, 81st Legislature, Regular Session; c) appropriateness of voluntary placement; d) review of caregiver qualifications; and e) potential improvements to the voluntary placement process.
6. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 82nd Legislature
Subjects: Adult Protective Services | Aging and Disability Services, Texas Department of | At-risk youth | Child custody | Consumer credit | Credit service organizations | Guardianship | Parents | Personally identifiable information |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 J979
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [36 pages  File size: 932 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the effectiveness of current regulation and practices of debt management providers in Texas, including credit service organizations, and assess the extent to which individuals' estates are protected in transactions with debt management providers. Make recommendations to enhance protections.
2. Study the guardianship program implemented by the Department of Aging and Disabilities and the Department of Adult Protective Services, including the efficiency and effectiveness of the program, the relationship between the two agencies, the appropriate rights for parents, and whether clients and their assets are adequately protected.
3. Study and make recommendations to promote and enable confidential information sharing among state agencies and courts serving at-risk children and youth to ensure that comprehensive and appropriate services are being provided. The study should focus on the technological, legal, and fiscal barriers that prevent information sharing among these entities regarding affected children and youth.
4. Evaluate the voluntary relative placement process in issues of guardianship and the ability of nonparent relatives to make decisions for children under their care. Monitor the progress and implementation of SB 1598 relating to an agreement authorizing a nonparent relative of a child to make certain decisions regarding the child.
5. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Committee on Jurisprudence interim report
Subjects: Adoption | Air pollution control technology | Child abuse | Child custody | Children's Advocacy Centers | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Grandparents | Houston, Texas | Judges | Juries | Medical records | Occupational licenses | Parents | Private investigators | Probate courts | Records management | Rules of evidence | Texas Code of Criminal Procedure | Visitation rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 J979
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [161 pages  File size: 5,386 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the laws governing suits affecting the parent-child relationship involving non-parents, including suits for possession of or access to a child by a grandparent, and make recommendations for providing the best care and protection for the children involved. Provide an assessment of the constitutional issues involved with these suits.
2. Study the management and storage of adoption records, including the costs and benefits of converting records into digital format. Study ways to increase access by adopted persons and their children and spouses to important family medical history information and ensure that medical history information is updated, while maintaining privacy and anonymity of records.
3. Examine the role of heir finders in Texas and make recommendations regarding professional standards and fees for heir finders.
4. Identify and study best practices for representation of children in child abuse and neglect cases and determine whether to implement further training, oversight, or other requirements for judges, attorneys, and others responsible for child abuse and neglect cases, including child sexual abuse cases. Develop and implement tools for children’s advocacy centers (CACs) and prosecutors to successfully investigate and prosecute child abusers. Include the following:
  • Explore changes to the rules of evidence that could facilitate the presentation of child testimony in court;
  • Explore making prior extraneous sex offenses admissible during determination of guilt, as has been adopted in the federal court system; and
  • Explore possible expansion of the rules regarding how cases are consolidated and punishments are stacked in a single trial involving a crime committed against a child.
5. Study practices intended to enhance the jury experience and increase jury participation, including:
  • allowing jurors to ask questions of witnesses by submitting them to the judge in writing;
  • allowing lawyers to periodically summarize testimony for the jury;
  • allowing jurors to take notes during trial; and
  • allowing jurors to discuss evidence among themselves during trial.
6. Study and make recommendations relating to the jurisdiction, authority, power and discretion of probate judges in Texas, including the authority of a probate judge to intervene in a non-probate case.
7. Study administrative and legal procedures used by municipalities to exert regulatory authority beyond city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Determine whether conflicts exist with agencies' regulatory authority and regulatory authority delegated to home-rule municipalities, and make recommendations for appropriate delegation and clarification of respective authorities.
8. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Jurisprudence Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
Committee: House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Alternative schools | Child custody | Families | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice alternative education programs | Juvenile justice system | Progressive sanctions (Criminal justice) | School dropouts | School safety | Truancy |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 j987
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [127 pages  File size: 3,138 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the roles of an attorney ad litem and guardian ad litem in certain suits affecting the parent-child relationship.
2. Review disposition patterns, uniformity of reporting, and evaluation of juvenile offense cases under the progressive sanctions guidelines.
3. Examine the role of gestational agreements and their potential impact on Texas Family Law.
4. Review state and local school district efforts to deal with problems of truancy, drop-outs, and disruptive behavior (pursuant to the Safe Schools Act) including in-school and out-of-school suspensions. The review should include examination of performance outcomes in alternative education, disciplinary alternative education and juvenile justice alternative education programs, and the effects of these programs on the educational progress of students who are removed from the regular classroom. (Joint with House Committee on Public Education)
5. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 77th Legislature / Senate Committee on Jurisprudence.
Subjects: Attorney General Child Support Division | Child custody | Child support |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 j979
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [54 pages  File size: 813 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review Chapter 153 of the Family Code to identify ways to improve the enforcement of child custody orders. The Committee shall study alternative methods of enforcement to improve court time efficiency and to expedite the process.
2. Monitor the implementation of SB 368, 76th Legislature, Regular Session relating to court-ordered child support, including the child support enforcement functions of the Office of the Attorney General and the sunset review of those functions and the implementation of the child support enforcement provisions of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 within the established time requirements.
Committee: House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Attorney General of Texas | Child custody | Child support | Community property | Criminal Justice Policy Council | Juvenile justice alternative education programs | Juvenile Probation Commission, Texas | Kidnapping | Progressive sanctions (Criminal justice) | Protective and Regulatory Services, Texas Department of | Visitation rights | Youth Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 j987
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 2,040 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review current laws relating to parental abduction.
2. Review the Texas community property system, including constitutional and statutory provisions in Title 1, Family Code.
3. Review child support visitation guidelines as required by the federal government.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including the child support enforcement program and recent law changes affecting the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
Committee: House Judicial Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Judicial Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Child custody | Civil legal assistance to the poor | Juries | Jury duty | Kidnapping | Probate courts | Visitation rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 j899
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [44 pages  File size: 2,131 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
2. Study the feasibility of developing uniform forms for simple pro se proceedings like uncontested divorce actions involving no property or children and probate proceedings in small, simple and uncontested cases to conform with current law.
3. Review current issues relating to jury service, including exemptions from service, composition of the jury wheel and possible variations in jury wheel composition in different counties.
4. Review the Probate Code to determine the merits of allowing securities to transfer on the death of the owner by registration of the beneficiary.
5. Study parental kidnaping laws that allow for child locations and protect battered women.
Committee: House Criminal Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1994 : a report to the House of Representatives, 74th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Adoption | Capital punishment | Child custody | Executive clemency | Gubernatorial pardons | Indigent criminal defense | Kidnapping | Pardons and Paroles, Texas Board of | Searches and seizures |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 c868hj
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [86 pages  File size: 3,861 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the laws and procedures related to death sentences in Texas, including filing deadlines and automatic stays of execution during habeas proceedings; bans on successive petitions and compensation of counsel for defendants; the roles of the Governor and the Board of Pardons and Paroles under the clemency laws; and any other related issues.
2. Review asset forfeiture statutes and the use of proceeds from forfeitures, including the audit process for the expenditure of forfeiture proceeds.
3. Study the problem of parental kidnaping and adoption abuse. Examine current practices of advertising for persons seeking adoptions and persons willing to relinquish parental rights.
Committee: Joint Family Code, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: A comprehensive review of the Texas Family Code.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Boot camps | Child crimes | Child custody | Child support | Divorce | Families | Gender discrimination | Juvenile justice system | Juvenile Probation Commission, Texas | Marriage | Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Texas Department of | Statutory revision | Youth Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 f21
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [241 pages  File size: 10,502 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations regarding the clarity and consistency of terminology used throughout the Family Code.
2. Study the usefulness and necessity of all major provisions of the Family Code, and, if any are obsolete or in need of amendment, recommend deletions or appropriate amendments.
3. Study and make recommendations regarding property division from divorce, as well as child support guidelines in Title 2
4. Study and make recommendations regarding juvenile justice provisions contained in Title 3.
5. Maker recommendations regarding recodification of the Code, if needed.
6. Make recommendations regarding any additions or other changes that the Committee determined should be made to the Texas Family Code.
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Judiciary, House of Representatives, State of Texas, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: At-risk youth | Child custody | Child support | Courts | Historical records | Judicial Conduct, State Commission on | Juvenile crime | Juvenile justice system | Kidnapping | Open Meetings Act, Texas | Records management | Rules of evidence | Runaway children | Statutory revision | Truancy | Visitation rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 j898
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [124 pages  File size: 3,598 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. 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.
2. Study the preservation of records of the courts of appeal and district courts.
3. Study the rules of evidence for civil cases.
4. Review the hearing and investigative processes of the Judicial Conduct Commission.
5. Review the general rules of venue.
6. Study the Open Meetings Act to determine if changes are necessary to make the Act more effective.
Committee: House Divorce Laws
Title: Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Interim Study Committee on Divorce, created by H.S.R. 204, the Legislature of Texas, third called session, 1962, to the 58th Legislature of Texas.
Subjects: Child custody | Child support | Child welfare | Common law marriages | Divorce | Families | Marriage |
Library Call Number: L1836.57 D642
Session: 57th R.S. (1961)
Online version: View report [83 pages  File size: 8,390 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Make a comprehensive study of divorce and the laws relating thereto, giving special attention to the rights children, methods for promoting the public welfare by preserving, promoting and protecting family life and the institution of matrimony, and to the possible methods which might encourage the reconciliation of spouses and the amicable settlement of domestic and family controversies.

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