HBA-KMH S.B. 1150 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1150 By: Wentworth Judicial Affairs 5/5/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, some statutory county courts have attempted to alter the current probate system by giving themselves probate jurisdiction without converting the court into a statutory probate court. These courts lack the specialized staff needed to handle probate cases effectively. S.B. 1150 redefines statutory county court, modifies provisions regarding statutory county court jurisdiction, and modifies the jurisdiction of the county court at law for Nueces County. 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 21.009(2), Government Code, to redefine "statutory county court." SECTION 2. Amends Section 25.003, Government Code, by adding Subsection (f), to provide that a statutory county court does not have the jurisdiction of a statutory probate court granted statutory probate courts by the Texas Probate Code. SECTION 3. Amends Section 25.1802(a), Government Code, to delete text providing that a county court at law for Nueces County has the general jurisdiction and authority provided for a probate or statutory court. Deletes text regarding the inclusion of a statutory probate court in cases involving mental health matters. Deletes text regarding the pendent and ancillary jurisdiction necessary to promote judicial efficiency and economy. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 4. Effective date: September 1, 1999.