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House Committee on Civil Practices - 80th R.S. (2007)

Committee Members
Byron Cook, Chair
Mark Strama, Vice Chair
Phil King
Jerry Madden
Trey Martinez Fischer
Sid Miller
Richard Peña Raymond
Robert Talton
Beverly Woolley
Charges
• Study the cumulative effects of Texas civil justice reforms enacted since 2003, with particular attention toward effects on Texas job creation, judicial efficiency, medical access, and medical malpractice insurance rates.
• Examine the effect on our tort system of meritless litigation filed in Texas, especially meritless litigation designed to harass Texans or intimidate Texans from exercising their rights. Consider the law in other states and consider whether Texas law should be amended to allow greater recourse, such as recovery of costs and other financial penalties, to reduce such litigation.
• Monitor the effect 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.
• Examine whether health care professionals are adequately protected from liability when rendering charitable care either in emergency situations or as part of a charitable preventive care program.
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

Note:
Charges issued by the Speaker November 29, 2007.

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