Honorable John T. Smithee, Chair, House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3365 by Hughes (Relating to the compensation of presiding judges of administrative judicial regions.), As Introduced
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The bill would amend the Government Code to increase the salary of a regional presiding judge that is an active judge from the current maximum of $33,000 to an amount that is 28 percent of the salary paid to a district judge, or $39,200. The bill would delete the provision requiring regional presiding judge salary to be set by the Texas Judicial Council.
The bill would also increase the salary amounts for regional presiding judges that are retired judges and convert the specific salary amounts listed in the salary schedule to a percentage of the salary paid to a district judge. The bill would add five additional tiers to the schedule to increase the compensation of regional presiding judges that have regions with more than 109 courts and judges. The salaries in the additional tiers would range from 44 percent of a district judge salary, or $61,600, to 60 percent of a district judge salary, or $84,000, depending on the number of courts and judges in the presiding judge's region.
The bill would also transfer the responsibility of paying for the regional presiding judges' salaries from the counties to the state. The bill specifies that payment by the state will not affect their retirement annuities from the Judicial Retirement System if they are retired judges and that regional presiding judges that are former judges, as opposed to retired judges, can earn credit in the Judicial Retirement System for the years of service as a regional presiding judge.
212 Office of Court Administration, Texas Judicial Council, 304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 327 Employees Retirement System
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