H.B. No. 2617
  relating to the creation of municipal courts of record in the city
  of Laredo.
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 30, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subchapter WW to read as follows:
         Sec. 30.01821.  APPLICATION. This subchapter applies to the
  city of Laredo.
         Sec. 30.01822.  JUDGE.  (a)  A municipal court of record is
  presided over by a municipal judge.
         (b)  A municipal judge is elected at large by the qualified
  voters of the city of Laredo for a term of four years. Except as
  provided by Subsection (d), a municipal judge may not serve more
  than two terms.
         (c)  A municipal judge must:
               (1)  be a licensed attorney in this state; and
               (2)  be a resident of the city of Laredo.
         (d)  A municipal judge may serve the remainder of an
  unexpired term to which the judge was elected or appointed and serve
  two additional terms.
         (e)  A municipal judge is entitled to the salary provided by
  ordinance of the governing body of the city.
         Sec. 30.01823.  CLERK; OTHER PERSONNEL.  (a)  The governing
  body of the city by majority vote shall appoint a clerk of a
  municipal court of record. The clerk must be nominated by the city
         (b)  The clerk serves at the pleasure of the governing body
  of the city, and the employment status of the clerk is equivalent to
  a department director.
         (c)  In addition to the powers and duties provided by Section
  30.00009, the clerk may:
               (1)  administer oaths and affidavits;
               (2)  make certificates and affix the seal of the
  municipal court of record to the certificates; and
               (3)  perform any act necessary to issue process and
  conduct the business of the court.
         (d)  The governing body may provide other personnel,
  including associate municipal judges.
         (e)  The governing body may authorize the appointment of
  deputy clerks, who may act for and on behalf of the clerk, as
  necessary for the proper operation of a municipal court of record.
         (f)  The clerk shall hire, direct, and remove the personnel
  authorized for the clerk's office in the city's annual budget.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2007.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 2617 was passed by the House on May 7,
  2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 138, Nays 1, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 2617 was passed by the Senate on May
  23, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________