1-1     By:  Wentworth                                        S.B. No. 1150
 1-2           (In the Senate - Filed March 10, 1999; March 11, 1999, read
 1-3     first time and referred to Committee on Jurisprudence;
 1-4     April 8, 1999, reported favorably by the following vote:  Yeas 4,
 1-5     Nays 0; April 8, 1999, sent to printer.)
 1-6                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-7                                   AN ACT
 1-8     relating to statutory county court jurisdiction with respect to
 1-9     matters over which a statutory probate court has jurisdiction.
1-11           SECTION 1.  Subdivision (2), Section 21.009, Government Code,
1-12     is amended to read as follows:
1-13                 (2)  "Statutory county court" means a county court
1-14     created by the legislature under Article V, Section 1, of the Texas
1-15     Constitution, including county courts at law, county criminal
1-16     courts, county criminal courts of appeals, and county civil courts
1-17     at law, but does not include statutory probate courts as defined by
1-18     Section 3, Texas Probate Code[, other than a county court at law
1-19     and probate court in Brazoria County].
1-20           SECTION 2.  Section 25.0003, Government Code, is amended by
1-21     adding Subsection (f) to read as follows:
1-22           (f)  A statutory county court does not have the jurisdiction
1-23     of a statutory probate court granted statutory probate courts by
1-24     the Texas Probate Code.
1-25           SECTION 3.  Subsection (a), Section 25.1802, Government Code,
1-26     is amended to read as follows:
1-27           (a)  In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section
1-28     25.0003 and other law, and except as limited by Subsection (d), a
1-29     county court at law in Nueces County has:
1-30                 (1)  the jurisdiction provided by the constitution and
1-31     by general law for district courts;
1-32                 (2)  [the general jurisdiction provided by Section
1-33     25.0021 for a statutory probate court and the jurisdiction and
1-34     authority of a probate court or a statutory probate court under
1-35     Sections 4, 5, 5A, and 5B, Texas Probate Code;]
1-36                 [(3)]  concurrent jurisdiction with the district court
1-37     in disputes ancillary to probate, eminent domain, condemnation, or
1-38     landlord and tenant matters relating to the adjudication and
1-39     determination of land titles and trusts, whether testamentary,
1-40     inter vivos, constructive, resulting, or any other class or type of
1-41     trust, regardless of the amount in controversy or the remedy
1-42     sought;
1-43                 (3) [(4)]  concurrent jurisdiction with the district
1-44     court over civil forfeitures, including surety bond forfeitures
1-45     without minimum or maximum limitation as to the amount in
1-46     controversy or remedy sought;
1-47                 (4) [(5)]  jurisdiction in mental health matters,
1-48     original or appellate, provided by law for constitutional county
1-49     courts, statutory county courts, [statutory probate courts,] or
1-50     district courts with mental health jurisdiction, including
1-51     proceedings under:
1-52                       (A)  Subtitle C, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;
1-53                       (B)  Chapter 462, Health and Safety Code; and
1-54                       (C)  Subtitle D, Title 7, Health and Safety Code;
1-55                 (5) [(6)]  jurisdiction over the collection and
1-56     management of estates of minors, mentally disabled persons, and
1-57     deceased persons;
1-58                 (6) [(7)]  concurrent jurisdiction with the district
1-59     court in all actions by or against a personal representative, in
1-60     all actions involving an inter vivos trust, in all actions
1-61     involving a charitable trust, and in all actions involving a
1-62     testamentary trust, whether the matter is appertaining to or
1-63     incident to an estate;
1-64                 [(8)  the pendent and ancillary jurisdiction necessary
 2-1     to promote judicial efficiency and economy;] and
 2-2                 (7) [(9)]  jurisdiction in all cases assigned,
 2-3     transferred, or heard under Sections 74.054, 74.059, and 74.094,
 2-4     Government Code.
 2-5           SECTION 4.  This Act takes effect September 1, 1999.
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