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13 Document(s) [ Subject: Judicial selection ]

Committee: Senate State Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Campus carry | Eminent domain | Employees Retirement System of Texas | Ethics Commission, Texas | Ethics complaints | Freedom of religion | Government ethics | Guardianship | Guns | Judges' salaries | Judicial selection | Military personnel | Open carry | Organized labor | Police chiefs | Public Integrity Unit | Public retirement systems | Religious conservatives (Politics) | Religious discrimination | Religious Freedom Restoration Act | Straight party voting | Teacher Retirement System of Texas | Texas Rangers (Law enforcement) | Voting systems | Weapons |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 St29a
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [70 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Religious Liberty: Examine measures to affirm 1st Amendment religious liberty protections in Texas, along with the relationship between local ordinances and state and federal law. Make recommendations to ensure that the government does not force individuals, organizations or businesses to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.
2. Union Dues: Examine the practice of using public funds and employees for the payment processing of union dues. Make recommendations on whether Texas should end this practice.
3. Chief Law Enforcement Officers: Examine whether there are chief law enforcement officers within the state who deny NFA applications without any cause. Examine the application and certification process and recommend ways to eliminate no-cause denials.
4. Judicial Matters: Examine the need to adjust Texas judicial salaries to attract, maintain, and support a qualified judiciary capable of meeting the current and future needs of Texas and its citizens. Study and recommend whether Texas should delink legislators' standard service retirement annuities from district judge salaries. Examine the effect of eliminating straight-party voting for candidates for judicial office and make recommendations to ensure candidates are given individual consideration by voters.
5. Eminent Domain: Gather and review data on the compensation provided to private property owners for property purchased or taken by entities with eminent domain authority. Examine the variance, if any, between the offers and the fair market values of properties taken through eminent domain. Make recommendations to ensure property owners are fairly compensated.
6. Ethics: Review current ethics laws governing public officials and employees and recommend changes necessary to inspire the public’s confidence in a transparent and ethically principled government. Review public officials’ reporting requirements to the Texas Ethics Commission. Examine the categorization of ethics reporting violations and make recommendations to encourage accurate reporting and timely correction to inadvertent clerical errors.
7. Monitoring Charge: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on State Affairs during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following: 1) Implementation of open and campus carry legislation and determine if the current laws regulating the places that handguns can be carried are easily understood or if clarification is needed to ensure the average citizen understands when, where, and under what circumstances it is lawful to carry a weapon, versus when it is a criminal offense for which there may be a defense; 2) Requirements for guardianships; 3) The electronic voting program for certain military members serving overseas; 4) Changes made to the Employment Retirement System regarding member contributions and proposed reforms to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas; and 5) The establishment of a public integrity unit under the authority of Texas Rangers.
Committee: House Judicial Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Judicial Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign finance reform | Conflicts of interest | Contraceptives | County clerks | Court Administration, State Office of | Court costs and fees | Court reform | Crime prevention | District court clerks | Drug courts | Drug enforcement | Elder abuse | Electronic business filings | Ethics | Facsimiles | Guardianship | Judicial Council, Texas | Judicial districts | Judicial elections | Judicial selection | Law clerks | Redistricting | Searches and seizures | Senior citizens | Sex crimes | Tulia, Texas | Voter education | Wrongful convictions |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 j899
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [31 pages  File size: 242 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act, including witnessing, notarization, and notification; possible abuse of elders; refusal of financial institutions to accept Texas' law; and accounting and liability issues concerning attorneys-in-fact.
2. Develop a plan for judicial redistricting as required by the Texas Constitution, Article V, Section 7a.
3. Evaluate the rules of ethical conduct, conflict and disclosure for briefing clerks of the appellate courts.
4. Study the feasibility of creating a statewide sexual assault prevention program.
5. Make an assessment of all issues related to the current organization of the Texas Judicial Council and the Office of Court Administration. Consider the efficiency, responsiveness and accountability of the current organization, and make any appropriate recommendations for change.
6. Monitor the progress of efforts to enable the filing of court documents of all kinds by facsimile or other electronic means, including the use of electronic signatures, actual or electronic notarization, and the need for verification.
7. Assess the current state of judicial campaigns in regard to financing, accountability, immunity and candidate qualification. Make any appropriate reform recommendations.
8. Study the fees assessed by district and county clerks for filing and processing civil cases and consider the establishment of a uniform schedule of fees.
9. Actively monitor agencies and programs under the committee's oversight jurisdiction, including the new Court Interpreter's Board.
Committee: House Judicial Affairs
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Judicial Affairs, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: County attorneys | Judicial districts | Judicial Districts Board | Judicial selection | Municipal courts | Probate courts | Redistricting |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 j899
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [138 pages  File size: 6,596 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
2. Review the feasibility of drafting a Uniform Municipal Courts of Record Act, such that future municipal courts of record bills could simply add the name of the city and any special provisions relating to that court (similar to Chapter 25, Government Code, dealing with statutory county courts).
3. Review the responsibilities of county attorneys in light of new duties in the prosecution of felony crimes to determine whether those duties are effectively discharged, or whether additional resources are needed.
4. Review the courts' methods for equalizing appellate court caseloads, including any additional measures that would be beneficial. Determine why prior attempts to redistrict appellate courts have been unsuccessful and whether new methods are necessary to accomplish redistricting.
5. Study the benefits of merging district, statutory county courts, and constitutional county courts for probate matters into a single level of multi-county statutory probate courts.
Committee: Senate Jurisprudence
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 76th Legislature.
Subjects: Appellate courts | Attorneys | Court congestion | Court costs and fees | Fines | Judicial campaign contributions | Judicial districts | Judicial Districts Board | Judicial selection | Juries | Jury duty | Redistricting | State Auditor's Office, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 j979
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [90 pages  File size: 4,360 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the selection of judges in the state courts as well as the statutory county courts-at-law and probate courts, and make recommendations for any legislative action. The committee should consider the report made to the 75th Legislature by the Texas Commission on Judicial Efficiency and legislation introduced during the 75th Legislature.
2. Study and evaluate the process of judicial districting with emphasis on the intermediate level of courts in Texas and, if necessary, make recommendations for any legislative action.
3. Review any reports made by the Texas State Auditor regarding the court system and efficiency of the courts which may be issued prior to the 76th Legislature, and consider whether legislative action is needed.
4. Study the costs assessed on parties filing civil lawsuits and appeals in district, county and appellate courts and evaluate whether those costs are unreasonable or overly burdensome. The Committee should review relevant legislation introduced during the 1997 regular session.
5. Evaluate the collection efforts of criminal fines imposed by the courts to determine how courts, court clerks, community supervision departments, the Division of Paroles in the Department of Criminal Justice, and the Board of Pardons and Paroles may enhance collection efforts. If improvement in collection efforts is needed, the Committee should make recommendations. A review of other states' methods may be conducted.
6. Review ways to improve service on juries and service by jurors. The committee should consider the work of the task force created by the Texas Supreme Court to study the jury system in Texas, as well as review the results of any similar studies which have taken place or are presently taking place in other states.
7. Review the legal duties of attorneys and guardians in the negotiation and settlement of their client's civil claims. The Committee should consider whether current law and regulations ensure that clients' interests are protected and promote the efficient and effective resolution of claims. The Committee may make recommendations, if necessary, for legislative action.
Committee: House Elections
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Elections, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Campaign finance reform | Early voting | Election fraud | Elections | Ethics Commission, Texas | Judicial campaign contributions | Judicial elections | Judicial selection | Justice, U.S. Department of | Legislative process | Primary elections | Voter registration | Voting by mail | Voting Rights Act |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 el25he
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [34 pages  File size: 1,562 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study how the State of Texas can be removed from the U.S. Justice Department's enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
2. Study problems associated with early voting by mail.
3. Review election legislation that passed the House, but died in the Senate during the 74th Regular Session, specifically HB 483, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 1859, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 2239, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; HB 2241, 74th Legislature, Regular Session; and HB 2243, 74th Legislature, Regular Session.
4. Study the feasibility of moving the primary election date. Consider not holding a separate presidential primary.
5. Conduct active oversight of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of the 1995 Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.
Committee: House Judiciary
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 72nd Legislature : report of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, State of Texas, 71st Legislature.
Subjects: Court reform | Damage awards | Judicial districts | Judicial elections | Judicial selection | Liens |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 j899
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [118 pages  File size: 4,431 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for those agencies, boards and commissions as listed in Rule 3, Section 20.
2. To study the feasibility of a Uniform Construction Lien Act.
3. To study the feasibility of single-member judicial districts in large urban counties.
4. To study the impact of depositing a designated portion of exemplary damage awards to the State's General Revenue Fund.
5. To study judicial selection alternatives, including non-partisan appointments, and merit selection methods.
Committee: Joint Judiciary, Select, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 71st Texas Legislature / Joint Select Committee on the Judiciary.
Subjects: Court reform | Judicial elections | Judicial selection |
Library Call Number: L1836.70 j899
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 2,179 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study all issues relating to needed or desirable changes affecting the state's judiciary and judicial branch operations including judicial selection, campaign finance, ethics, compensation, and salary.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Judiciary, Select, Interim
Title: HCR 20, 70th Leg., 2nd C.S.
Library Call Number: HCR 20
Session: 70th R.S. (1987)
Online version: View document [1 pages  File size: 85 kb]
Committee: Joint Merit Selection of Judges, Committee of 100 for the
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Texas plan : merit selection of judges / report of the Committee of 100 for the Merit Selection of Judges.
Subjects: Court reform | Judicial elections | Judicial selection |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 on2 1987
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [180 pages  File size: 8,706 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the "merit plan" method of judicial selection and make recommendations to the Legislature. *
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Merit Selection of Judges, Committee of 100 for the
Title: Survey of voters' attitudes
Library Catalog Title: A survey of Texas voters' attitudes toward judicial selection reform / a confidential report prepared by David B. Hill for the Committee of 100 for the Merit Selection of Judges.
Library Call Number: L1836.69 on2s
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Committee: Joint Judiciary, Select
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Final report and recommendations to the 69th Legislature / Select Committee on the Judiciary.
Subjects: Court reform | Indigent criminal defense | Judicial selection |
Library Call Number: L1836.68 j899
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View report [115 pages  File size: 4,319 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study issues affecting judicial quality, selection, salaries and retirement benefits, efficiency of judicial administration and allocation of judicial resources.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Judiciary, Select
Title: Notices of public hearing and agendas
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 J898S 68
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Online version: View document [26 pages]
Committee: House Judicial Selection, Select
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 68th Legislature : report of the / Select Committee on Judicial Selection, House of Representatives, State of Texas, 67th Legislature.
Subjects: Court reform | Judicial elections | Judicial selection |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 j896
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [106 pages  File size: 3,296 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the method by which judges are elected in Texas and examine alternative methods of judicial selection used in other states. Make recommendations regarding current or new methods of judicial selection

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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