HBA-SEP H.B. 534 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 534 By: Thompson Judicial Affairs 6/14/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Under certain circumstances, the presiding judge of a statutory probate court in Texas can assign a current, former, or retired statutory probate judge to hear matters in any statutory court exercising probate jurisdiction. Such a judge retains the specific jurisdictional powers assigned the judge and approximates the jurisdictional powers of a sitting probate judge. Prior to the 77th Legislature, the assigned judge could not transfer particular causes of action related to the proceedings in the court to which the judge was assigned. Without the power to transfer related actions, an assigned judge is unable to exercise jurisdiction that may promote judicial efficiency and economy. House Bill 534 includes transfer of estate and guardianship proceedings within the jurisdiction, powers, and duties assigned to statutory probate court judges by general law. 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 534 amends the Government Code to include transfer of estate and guardianship proceedings within the jurisdiction, powers, and duties assigned to statutory probate court judges by general law. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.