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House Committee on Civil Practices - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee Members
Joe Nixon, Chair
Patrick Rose, Vice Chair
Phil King
Jerry Madden
Trey Martinez Fischer
Richard Peña Raymond
Mark Strama
Robert Talton
Beverly Woolley
Charges
• Review the scope and extent of governmental immunity in contract disputes under the Texas Tort Claims Act and other laws, and consider whether there is a need for statutory changes to the process by which contract claims against governmental entities are considered.
• Evaluate the staffing needs for multidistrict litigation courts, and recommend any changes needed to ensure the judicial access and efficiency intended by recent legislation.
• Study Insurance Code Article 21.55, and determine whether any statutory changes are needed to clarify whether this provision applies to the reimbursement of defense costs.
• Examine the prevalence of multiple plaintiff trials in tort cases other than those concerning asbestos and silica, and recommend any statutory changes needed to increase judicial efficiency and ensure access to the courts for all plaintiffs.
• Evaluate the liability risk associated with privatization of child welfare services and assess the benefit of limiting civil liability for noneconomic damages against a non-profit organization involved in substitute care or case management services.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

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