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Earlier versions of the bill had provisions that net worth was not even relevant and therefore not discoverable.

The bill further states that if a party seeks discovery of net worth, the trial court should presume that the

party seeking the discovery of net worth has had adequate time for discovery on the issue of exemplary

damages and the responding party may seek summary judgment on that issue.

Juvenile Law Bills

SB 1630 by Sen. Whitmire:

This bill relates to the commitment of juveniles in post-adjudication secure

correctional facilities operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and by local probation departments.

The intent of the bill is to encourage counties to use local facilities and programs more than the state

operated facilities. The bill actually authorizes more funding for local juvenile probation departments. The

bill did not change the age of criminal responsibility.

HB 642 by Rep. Canales:

This new statute requires the court, as a condition of community supervision

for offender younger than 18 years of age, order the offender to attend alcohol or drug classes if placed on

probation for an alcohol or drug related offense. In addition, it requires offender or offender’s family to pay

as a condition of probation.

HB 2398 Truancy:

This bill decriminalizes the offense of Truancy. It does allow for charges to be filed

against the parent or guardian, but not against the child. However, a child can still be

fined in a civil proceeding.

SB 1707 by Sen. Fraser:

This bill amends the Family Code and

removes the requirement that the trial court hold a hearing before

sealing the records of a juvenile who was adjudicated. The

new law requires the court to give reasonable notice

to the prosecuting attorney and allow the state to

request a hearing before the court seals the


Criminal Law Bills

HB 2150 by Rep. Alvarado:

This bill amends article

19.01 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. It establishes

new requirements for a Grand Jury and abolishes the

use of the Grand Jury commissioner system. The new

law requires that all grand juries be summoned and

empaneled using the same system as petit juries. There are

no exceptions to this new statute. Further, the grand jury panel

must be

“fair cross section of the population area served by the court.”

In addition, the bill amends Article 19.31 of the Code of Criminal

Procedure and expands the grounds for challenging a potential grand

juror. Such new grounds include:

1. The grand juror is insane;

2. The grand juror is a witness or a target in the investigation;

3. The grand juror served on the petit jury of the offense or conduct

this grand jury is investigating;

4. That the grand juror has a bias against the defendant or the state.

A challenge to the grand juror can be made ex parte and has to be