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Interim Charges for House Committees
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 6/20/2014 Views: 1102  Impressions: 16216
Categories: Legal, Politics



This week I will discuss the interim charges recently issued to the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence. Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. The charges are good indicators of what legislation the legislature will take up during the next session. Legislators rely on public input when crafting legislation, and it is important that they hear from people during the interim.

House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence

* Examine the constitutional qualifications and term lengths for appellate court judges, and consider whether changes would benefit the public and the judiciary.
* Study the potential issues involving civil liability for interacting with ex-offenders.
* 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 (UELMA). The UELMA is a proposed set of guidelines that states may adopt to help protect the integrity of electronic legal materials
* Study issues that inhibit the use of wills and access to the probate process in Texas, particularly for low-income individuals.
* Examine the public policy implications of litigation related to environmental contamination brought by local governments, in particular whether such litigation supports effective remediation.
* Study the issue of whether Regional Presiding Judges should be appointed by the Chief Justice rather than the Governor.

The House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence can be reached at 512-463-0790. For more information on these charges or any other matter of state government, please contact my office by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by emailing me at larry.phillips@house.state.tx.us. My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.



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