BILL ANALYSIS H.B. 1294 By: Finnell (Brown) Jurisprudence 4-27-95 Senate Committee Report (Unamended) BACKGROUND Section 2 of H.B. 488, passed by the 71st Legislature, allowed justices of the peace to designate court clerks, but did not define the duties of the clerk. PURPOSE As proposed, H.B. 1294 sets forth the duties for a clerk of a justice court. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 27.056, Government Code, as follows: Sec. 27.056. CLERK. (a) Makes no changes. (b) Authorizes the clerk of the justice court to administer oaths and affidavits and make certificates and affix the court's seal to those certificates. (c) Requires the clerk to maintain central docket records for all cases filed in the justice court and an index of all court judgments for cases arising in the justice court. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1995. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.