HBA-EDN, KDB H.B. 1979 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1979 By: Chavez Judicial Affairs 7/10/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The backlog of pending misdemeanor cases in El Paso County may result in cases not being adjudicated in a timely basis, which may cause delays in sentencing and may increase the chances that individuals released on bail may commit similar offenses. House Bill 1979 creates County Criminal Court at Law No. 1 of El Paso County and County Criminal Court at Law No. 2 of El Paso County to help reduce the current backlog of cases in El Paso County. 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 1979 amends the Government Code to create County Criminal Court at Law No. 1 of El Paso County and County Criminal Court at Law No. 2 of El Paso County. The bill sets forth the jurisdiction of the courts and provides for the transfer of cases among the courts in El Paso County. The bill authorizes a judge of a statutory county court in El Paso County and a judge of a district court in El Paso County to exchange benches and sit and act for each other in any matter pending before the court. Provisions relating to the transfer of cases in matters of concurrent jurisdiction and to the exchange of benches between judges do not apply to a county criminal court at law in El Paso County. EFFECTIVE DATE January 1, 2002.