By Eiland                                             H.B. No. 2581
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to appeals of certain interlocutory orders.
 1-4           SECTION 1.  Section 51.014, Civil Practice and Remedies Code,
 1-5     is amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
 1-6           (c)  A denial of a motion for summary judgment, special
 1-7     appearance, or plea to the jurisdiction described by Subsections
 1-8     (a)(5)-(8) is not subject to the automatic stay of the commencement
 1-9     of trial under Subsection (b) unless the motion, special
1-10     appearance, or plea to the jurisdiction is filed and set for
1-11     submission or hearing before the trial court not later than the
1-12     later of:
1-13                 (1)  the 100th day before the date of the first trial
1-14     setting; or
1-15                 (2)  the 150th day after the date the defendant files:
1-16                       (A)  the original answer; or
1-17                       (B)  the first other responsive pleading to the
1-18     plaintiff's petition.
1-19           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
1-20           SECTION 3.  This Act applies only to a suit that is commenced
1-21     on or after the effective date of this Act.  A suit that is
1-22     commenced before the effective date of this Act is governed by the
1-23     law applicable to the suit immediately before the effective date of
1-24     this Act, and that law is continued in effect for that purpose.
 2-1           SECTION 4.  The importance of this legislation and the
 2-2     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
 2-3     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
 2-4     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
 2-5     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.