HBA-DMD H.B. 778 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 778 By: Thompson Judicial Affairs 2/23/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE During the 75th Legislature, Section 5A(b), Texas Probate Code was amended in an attempt to clarify the transfer powers granted to statutory probate courts and end litigation over the legislature's intent in this section. The phrase "for the purpose of this section" in that amendment has caused confusion in some courts. H.B. 778 removes the phrase in an attempt to clarify Section 5A(b), Texas Probate Code. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 5A(b), Texas Probate Code, as follows: (b) Deletes the provision "for the purposes of this section" that all statutory probate courts are authorized in the exercise of their jurisdiction to hear all suits, actions, and applications filed against or on behalf of any heirship proceeding or decedent's estate and that all such suits, actions, and applications are appertaining to and incident to an estate. SECTION 2.Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3.Emergency clause.