State Bar of Texas
2019 Legislative Program

During the legislative session, State Bar Section supported proposals may be included as part of multiple bills and these bills may contain provisions that are not Section supported.  The links to bills in this chart reflect our best efforts to capture where board approved proposals are in the legislative process and does not indicate an endorsement of other provisions.

Bill

 

Proposal

 

SBOT Position


CONSTRUCTION LAW

 


Background Information

 

HB 790

Relating to the recovery of attorney’s fees.

Support

 

FAMILY LAW

 


Background Information

 

HB 559
SB 261

Relating to agreements incident to divorce.

Support

HB 556
SB 264

Relating to the court’s jurisdiction to render a final protective order by default.

Support

HB 1807

Relating to the Standard Possession Order.

Support

HB 557
SB 263

Relating to non-disclosure of certain information in cases under the Family Code.

Support

HB 554
SB 265

Relating to temporary orders during pendency of appeal in suits affecting the parent-child relationship.

Support

HB 555
SB 267

Relating to the right to apply for, renew and possess child’s passport.

Support

HB 553
SB 266

Relating to summer weekend possession of a child under a court order.

Support

HB 575

Relating to a suit for possession of or access to a child by a grandparent.

Support

HB 558
SB 262

Relating to authorized recipients of child support payments for support of a disabled child.

Support

HB 1854
SB 1373

Relating to continuing, exclusive jurisdiction after an order of adoption.

Support

HB 560
SB 260

Relating to writs authorizing entry and property retrieval.

Support

 

LGBT LAW

 


Background Information

 

HJR64
SJR 9

Proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the unconstitutional provision of the state constitution (1) providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and (2) prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

Support

HB 980
SB 152

HB 978
SB 153

Relating to certain statutory changes to reflect and address same-sex marriages and parenting relationships and to the removal of provisions regarding the criminality or unacceptability of homosexual conduct.

Support

 

POVERTY LAW

 


Background Information

 

HB 1285
SB 41

Relating to the creation of an exemption regarding the appointment of pro bono volunteers serving as attorneys ad litem, guardians ad litem, amicus attorneys, or mediators and the report on appointments prepared by the clerk of the court regarding these pro bono volunteers.

Support

 

REAL ESTATE, PROBATE AND TRUST LAW

 


Background Information

 

HB 2782
SB 1208

Relating to Decedents’ Estates.

Support

HB 3543
SB 667

Relating to Guardianships.

Support

HB 2245
SB 631

Relating to Trusts.

Support

HB 2779
SB 1167

  • Relating to exempt assets.

HB 2246
SB 309

  • Relating to directed trusts.

 

Relating to Powers of Attorney and Advanced Directives (PAAD).

Support

HB 2247
SB 258

  • Relating to anatomical gifts.

SB 310

  • Relating to the form of medical powers of attorney.

HB 2248
SB 259

  • Relating to disposition and removal of remains.

HB 2780
SB 1166

Relating to substantive revisions to enacted laws that continue to make reference to Texas Probate Code provisions that have been replaced by the enactment of the Estates Code by prior legislatures.

Support

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