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Committee: House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Employers | Environmental protection | Ex-offenders | Gubernatorial appointments | Judges | Landlords and tenants | Lawsuits | Liability | Term limits | Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act | Wills and estates |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 J898
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [97 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the constitutional qualifications and term lengths for appellate court judges, and consider whether changes would benefit the public and the judiciary.
2. Study the potential issues involving civil liability for interacting with ex-offenders. In particular, examine the implications of HB 1188 (83R) and the potential expansion of similar protections to landlords.
3. 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.
4. Study issues that inhibit the use of wills and access to the probate process in Texas, particularly for low-income individuals.
5. Examine the public policy implications of litigation related to environmental contamination brought by local governments, in particular whether such litigation supports effective remediation.
6. Study the issue of whether Regional Presiding Judges should be appointed by the Chief Justice rather than the Governor.
7. 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.
Committee: House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Alternative dispute resolution | Attorneys | Campaign finance and expenditure reports | Campaign finance reform | Human trafficking | Judicial campaigns | Lawsuits | Legal malpractice | Liability | Supreme Court decisions, U.S. | Workers' compensation | Workplace safety |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 J898
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [32 pages  File size: 360 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study current barratry laws in Texas and make recommendations as to their adequacy in protecting citizens from unscrupulous behavior.
2. Study and make recommendations regarding the use of arbitration in Texas and the effect such practices have on state jurisprudence.
3. Review the burden of proof and damage calculation models for certain causes of action to determine appropriate applicability in Texas law.
4. Study and report on third-party liability issues involving workers' compensation, including the frequency and success rates of third party litigation, the relationship, if any, between third-party litigation and jobsite safety, the adequacy of compensation and reimbursement to workers, and the economic costs of third-party litigation and equitable and contractual subrogation in construction activities. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Business and Industry
5. Study the human and sex trafficking problem in Texas. Make recommendations on best practices in the areas of investigation, prosecution, and tracking of the victims of these crimes. Study whether victims of these crimes are allowed to adequately recover from their attackers in a civil cause of action. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence
6. Review the Texas campaign finance law in judicial races in light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision Caperton v. Massey. Joint Interim Charge with House Committee on Elections
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Civil Practices
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Texas House of Representatives, Committee on Civil Practices interim report to the 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Appellate courts | Class action lawsuits | Lawsuits | Persons with disabilities | Supreme Court, Texas | Trial courts |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 c498
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [211 pages  File size: 6,000 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the effect and potential of sales and other alienation of structured settlements on the use and advisability of such settlements.
2. Study the exercise of conflicts jurisdiction by the Supreme Court under Sections 22.001(a) and 22.007(a), Government Code.
3. Examine the impact of requiring trial court judges to specify the grounds upon which summary judgments are granted.
4. Examine the Supreme Court's rule-making authority, any conflicts between Section 22.004(c), Government Code, and Article 5, Section 31, Texas Constitution, and the role, if any, that the legislature should play in the Court's rule-making process.
5. Collect information from Texas trial and appellate courts that will assist the committee in evaluating the success of recent legislation and in making decisions regarding future legislation.
Committee: House Corrections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Corrections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: County jails | Inmate rehabilitation | Inmates | Jail Standards, Texas Commission on | Lawsuits | Prison population | Prison reform | Prisons | Recidivism |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 c817
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [65 pages  File size: 3,907 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study options for responding to the projected growth in the adult and youth inmate populations, to include construction of conventional beds, contract capacity, other types of permanent and temporary housing, and alternatives to incarceration.
2. Assess the effects of the 1995 legislation to curb frivolous inmate lawsuits.
3. Study traditional prison industries, including ways to expand useful inmate labor without creating unfair competition with private businesses or job and wage dislocations in the private sector.
4. Review the employment practices, security measures, and other operations of county jails, municipal and county jails, and privately operated municipal and county jails housing inmates convicted of offenses in other states. Identify any particular problems associated with private operations or with acceptance of inmates for pay. (Joint with House Committee on County Affairs)
5. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report of the Senate Finance Subcommittees on Articles II and VII Agencies on the performance-based budgeting process to the Senate Finance Committee.
Subjects: Lawsuits |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 f49/75scr/art. 2,8
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [39 pages  File size: 2,096 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate all (i) judgements; (ii) settlement agreements; and (iii) pending legal claims, whether or not asserted in a lawsuit, which will or may impact agencies' FY '98-2001 budget process.
Committee: Senate Finance
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Article III Agencies : final report.
Subjects: Lawsuits | State agencies |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 f49/75scr/art. 3
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [39 pages  File size: 1,995 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Evaluate all judgements, settlement agreements and pending legal claims, whether or not asserted in a lawsuit, which will or may impact the next two budget cycles.

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