By Ratliff S.B. No. 299
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-1 AN ACT
1-2 relating to the date for a hearing on an application for a
1-3 protective order.
1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-5 SECTION 1. Section 71.09(d), Family Code, is amended to read
1-6 as follows:
1-7 (d) A prosecuting attorney in a county with a population of
1-8 more than 1.5 million or in a county in a judicial district that is
1-9 composed of more than one county may request that a hearing under
1-10 Subsection (a) [
of this section] take place not later than 20 days
1-11 after the date the application is filed or that a hearing
1-12 rescheduled under Subsection (c) [ of this section] take place not
1-13 later than 20 days after the date on which the request is made.
1-14 The prosecuting attorney may make a request under this subsection
1-15 on a case-by-case basis or to all the courts in the county for all
1-16 cases under this chapter. A court shall grant the request of a
1-17 prosecuting attorney under this subsection.
1-18 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997, and
1-19 applies to an application for a protective order made on or after
1-20 that date. An application for a protective order made before the
1-21 effective date of this Act is governed by the law in effect on the
1-22 date the application was made, and the former law is continued in
1-23 effect for that purpose.
1-24 SECTION 3. The importance of this legislation and the
2-1 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
2-2 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
2-3 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-4 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.