SB 112 by Sen. Taylor:
This bill amends article 17.292 of the Code of Criminal Procedure concerning
Emergency Protective Orders.
If the magistrate finds good cause, the order may authorize the accused’s
attorney or other court appointed person, to contact the alleged victim.
HB 1690 by Rep. King:
This bill makes significant changes to how the Public Integrity Unit operates. The
bill orders the Texas Rangers to assist in the investigations. Furthermore, the new law would require any
prosecution to be in the accused’s county of residence.
General Law Bills
SB 1073 by Sen. Zaffirini:
This bill started off as a simple bill addressing the requirements for an
application to run for office. It passed out of the Senate in that manner. However, the House Elections
Committee amended the bill on May 20, 2015, to repeal sections 172.21 (e) and (g) of the Elections Code.
This amendment does away with the petitions requirement for judicial offices, including the Supreme Court,
the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Courts of Appeals, and the courts in the five largest counties, Harris,
Dallas, Bexar, Tarrant, and Travis.
SB 1369 and SB 1876 by Sen. Zaffirini:
These two bills would require that the court make reports of all
appointments of ad litems, amicus attorneys, and mediators. It would exclude the appointments of CASA
and ad litem in the minor abortion cases. Further, the court would have to report all payments to ad litems,
amicus attorneys, and mediators.
In addition, the courts would have to create a rotating wheel, similar to those used for criminal defense
appointments, for the appointment of attorney ad litems, amicus attorneys, guardian ad litems, and
mediators. The court would then be required to make appointments from those wheels. The bill does allow
the judge discretion to vary from the wheel depending on the facts of the case and a finding of good cause
by the court. The lists shall be posted at the courthouse.
I hope this article is helpful. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments. See you
all in September.
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