H.B. No. 595

relating to the jurisdiction of the County Court at Law of Randall County. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Section 25.1932(a), Government Code, is amended to read as follows: (a) In addition to the jurisdiction provided by Section 25.0003 and other law, a county court at law in Randall County has concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in: (1) family law cases and proceedings; (2) cases and proceedings involving justiciable controversies and differences between spouses, or between parents, or between parent and child, or between any of these and third persons; (3) civil cases in which the amount in controversy is within the limits prescribed by Section 25.0003(c)(1); and (4) felony cases to conduct arraignments, conduct pretrial hearings, and accept [guilty] pleas in uncontested matters. SECTION 2. (a) Section 25.1932(a)(4), Government Code, as amended by this Act, applies to a criminal case that is pending or commences on or after the effective date of this Act. (b) For purposes of this section, a criminal case is pending if a final judgment has not been entered in the case and commences when an indictment or information is presented to the court. SECTION 3. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 595 was passed by the House on March 23, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 145, Nays 0, 2 present, not voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B. No. 595 on May 16, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 139, Nays 0, 3 present, not voting. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 595 was passed by the Senate, with amendments, on May 10, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: __________________ Date __________________ Governor