H.B. No. 3519
relating to the appointment of temporary justices of the peace in
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Section 27.055, Government Code, is amended by
amending Subsections (c), (d), and (e) and adding Subsection (f) to
read as follows:
(c) In Subsections [
Subsection] (b) and (f), "qualified
person" means a person who has served as a justice of the peace for
not less than 4 1/2 years and who has not been convicted of a
criminal offense that involves moral turpitude.
(d) A person appointed under Subsection (b) or (f) may
reside in a county other than the county in which the person is
appointed as a temporary justice of the peace.
(e) The county judge may appoint any qualified voter under
Section 11.002, Election Code, to serve as a temporary justice of
the peace if the judge cannot find a qualified person who agrees to
serve under Subsection (b) or (f).
(f) In a county that has a population of more than 800,000
and that has not more than five justices of the peace, the county
judge may appoint a qualified person to serve as a temporary justice
of the peace to hold court when necessary to dispose of accumulated
business in the precinct. The county judge may designate the local
administrative statutory county court judge to act on behalf of the
county judge in making the appointment under this subsection.
SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 3519 was passed by the House on May 9,
2005, by a non-record vote.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 3519 was passed by the Senate on May
25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate