By Naishtat                                           H.B. No. 3635
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                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County.
 1-4           SECTION 1.  Sections 25.2293(b) and (d), Government Code, are
 1-5     amended to read as follows:
 1-6           (b)  A statutory probate court has general jurisdiction,
 1-7     concurrent with the jurisdiction of the county court, to hear and
 1-8     determine all actions, cases, matters, or proceedings instituted
 1-9     under the [Subtitle D, Title 7,] Health and Safety Code.
1-10           (d)  A statutory probate court may exercise the pendent and
1-11     ancillary jurisdiction necessary to promote judicial efficiency and
1-12     economy.  A judge of a statutory probate court on the motion of a
1-13     party to the action or on the motion of a person interested in an
1-14     estate may[, with the consent of the judge in whose court the case
1-15     is pending,] transfer to the judge's court from a district, county,
1-16     or other statutory court a cause of action in which a personal
1-17     representative [, acting in the capacity of a personal
1-18     representative,] of an estate pending in a statutory probate court
1-19     is a party and may consolidate the transferred cause of action with
1-20     the other proceedings in the statutory probate court relating to
1-21     that estate.
1-22           SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
1-23           SECTION 3.  Section 25.2293(d), Government Code, as amended
1-24     by this Act, applies only to a motion to transfer a proceeding to
 2-1     the Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County filed on or after the
 2-2     effective date of this Act.  A motion to transfer a proceeding
 2-3     filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law
 2-4     in effect on the date the motion was filed and that law is
 2-5     continued in effect for that purpose.
 2-6           SECTION 4.  The importance of this legislation and the
 2-7     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
 2-8     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
 2-9     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
2-10     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.