HBA-KDB H.B. 1876 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1876 By: Gray Judicial Affairs 3/20/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under current law, a master appointed to conduct a probable cause hearing for court-ordered mental health services may practice law in the court the master serves. However, there is concern that a master in chancery for a delinquent ad valorem tax suit (master) may not practice law in the court the master serves. House Bill 1876 authorizes such a master to practice law in the court the master serves if otherwise qualified to do so. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 1876 amends the Tax Code to authorize an attorney appointed a master in chancery for a delinquent ad valorem tax suit, notwithstanding any other law or requirement, to practice law in the referring court if otherwise qualified to do so. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.