By:  Wentworth                                        S.B. No. 1150
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
                                       AN ACT
 1-1     relating to statutory county court jurisdiction with respect to
 1-2     matters over which a statutory probate court has jurisdiction.
 1-4           SECTION 1.  Subdivision (2), Section 21.009, Government Code,
 1-5     is amended to read as follows:
 1-6                 (2)  "Statutory county court" means a county court
 1-7     created by the legislature under Article V, Section 1, of the Texas
 1-8     Constitution, including county courts at law, county criminal
 1-9     courts, county criminal courts of appeals, and county civil courts
1-10     at law, but does not include statutory probate courts as defined by
1-11     Section 3, Texas Probate Code[, other than a county court at law
1-12     and probate court in Brazoria County].
1-13           SECTION 2.  Section 25.0003, Government Code, is amended by
1-14     adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
1-15           (f)  A statutory county court does not have the jurisdiction
1-16     of a statutory probate court granted statutory probate courts by
1-17     the Texas Probate Code.
1-18           SECTION 3.  Subsection (a), Section 25.1802, Government Code,
1-19     is amended to read as follows:
1-20           (a)  In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section
1-21     25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (d), a
1-22     county court at law in Nueces County has:
1-23                 (1)  the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and
1-24     by general law for district courts;
 2-1                 (2)  [the general jurisdiction provided by Section
 2-2     25.0021 for a statutory probate court and the jurisdiction and
 2-3     authority of a probate court or a statutory probate court under
 2-4     Sections 4, 5, 5A, and 5B, Texas Probate Code;]
 2-5                 [(3)]  concurrent jurisdiction with the district court
 2-6     in disputes ancillary to probate, eminent domain, condemnation, or
 2-7     landlord and tenant matters relating to the adjudication and
 2-8     determination of land titles and trusts, whether testamentary,
 2-9     inter vivos, constructive, resulting, or any other class or type of
2-10     trust, regardless of the amount in controversy or the remedy
2-11     sought;
2-12                 (3) [(4)]  concurrent jurisdiction with the district
2-13     court over civil forfeitures, including surety bond forfeitures
2-14     without minimum or maximum limitation as to the amount in
2-15     controversy or remedy sought;
2-16                 (4) [(5)]  jurisdiction in mental health matters,
2-17     original or appellate, provided by law for constitutional county
2-18     courts, statutory county courts, [statutory probate courts,] or
2-19     district courts with mental health jurisdiction, including
2-20     proceedings under:
2-21                       (A)  Subtitle C, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;
2-22                       (B)  Chapter 462, Health and Safety Code; and
2-23                       (C)  Subtitle D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;
2-24                 (5) [(6)]  jurisdiction over the collection and
2-25     management of estates of minors, mentally disabled persons, and
2-26     deceased persons;
 3-1                 (6) [(7)]  concurrent jurisdiction with the district
 3-2     court in all actions by or against a personal representative, in
 3-3     all actions involving an inter vivos trust, in all actions
 3-4     involving a charitable trust, and in all actions involving a
 3-5     testamentary trust, whether the matter is appertaining to or
 3-6     incident to an estate;
 3-7                 [(8)  the pendent and ancillary jurisdiction necessary
 3-8     to promote judicial efficiency and economy;] and
 3-9                 (7) [(9)]  jurisdiction in all cases assigned,
3-10     transferred, or heard under Sections 74.054, 74.059, and 74.094,
3-11     Government Code.
3-12           SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.