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Select bill Bill Session Author & Sponsor Caption Committees Last action
HB 301 86-0 (2019) Author: Murr, Andrew Relating to fees collected by a justice court; increasing a fee. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Withdrawn from schedule
HB 994 86-0 (2019) Author: Guillen, Ryan | et. al.
Sponsor: Flores, Peter | et. al.
Relating to appeals to justice courts of certain ad valorem tax determinations. House: Ways & Means
Senate: Property Tax
Vetoed by the Governor
HB 1033 86-0 (2019) Author: Murr, Andrew Relating to the jurisdiction of county and justice courts in civil matters. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Withdrawn from schedule
HB 1380 86-0 (2019) Author: Murr, Andrew Relating to the jurisdiction of certain courts and fees collected by a justice court; increasing a fee. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: State Affairs
Referred to State Affairs
SB 211 86-0 (2019) Author: Flores, Peter Relating to the procedures for protests and appeals of certain ad valorem tax determinations. Senate: Property Tax Left pending in committee
SB 635 86-0 (2019) Author: Flores, Peter | et. al. Relating to the procedures for protests and appeals of certain ad valorem tax determinations. Senate: Property Tax Referred to Property Tax
SB 793 86-0 (2019) Author: Alvarado, Carol Relating to the jurisdiction of county and justice courts in civil matters. Senate: State Affairs Referred to State Affairs
SB 1686 86-0 (2019) Author: West, Royce Relating to the eligibility of certain criminal defendants for an order of nondisclosure of criminal history record information. Senate: Criminal Justice Referred to Criminal Justice
SB 409 85-0 (2017) Author: Huffines, Don Relating to the jurisdiction of county and justice courts in civil matters. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: State Affairs
Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
HB 2282 84-0 (2015) Author: Guillen, Ryan
Sponsor: Uresti, Carlos
Relating to the procedures for protests and appeals of certain ad valorem tax determinations. House: Ways & Means
Senate: Finance
Vetoed by the Governor
HB 1263 83-0 (2013) Author: Lewis, Tryon
Sponsor: Duncan, Robert
Relating to the delay in the implementation of the abolishment of small claims courts. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: Administration
Effective immediately
HB 1598 83-0 (2013) Author: Gonzalez, Naomi Relating to the jurisdiction of county and justice courts. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
SB 576 83-0 (2013) Author: Duncan, Robert Relating to the delay in the implementation of the abolishment of small claims courts. Senate: Jurisprudence Not again placed on intent calendar
SB 1158 82-0 (2011) Author: West, Royce Relating to restrictions on the disclosure of certain criminal history records and to the duty of law enforcement agencies regarding records associated with certain defendants. Senate: Criminal Justice No action taken in committee
HB 600 81-0 (2009) Author: Hughes, Bryan | et. al. Relating to appeals from small claims courts. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: Administration
Referred to Administration
HB 3637 81-0 (2009) Author: Hughes, Bryan
Sponsor: Wentworth, Jeff
Relating to filing fees in civil actions and proceedings and the use of those fees, to costs on conviction in certain courts, to money paid into the registry of a court in certain counties, and to the appointment of counsel in certain suits. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: Administration
Effective on 9/1/09
HB 3763 81-0 (2009) Author: Gattis, Dan Relating to the jurisdiction and administration of, and procedures relating to, certain courts in this state, including procedures for appeals. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Left pending in committee
HR 2968 81-0 (2009) Author: Hughes, Bryan Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction, S.B. No. 408. Reported enrolled
SB 408 81-0 (2009) Author: Carona, John
Sponsor: Hughes, Bryan
Relating to jurisdiction, venue, and appeals in certain matters, including the jurisdiction of and appeals from certain courts and administrative decisions and the appointment of counsel in certain appeals. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: Jurisprudence
See remarks for effective date
SB 992 81-0 (2009) Author: Duncan, Robert Relating to the jurisdiction and administration of, and procedures relating to, certain courts in this state, including procedures for appeals. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: Jurisprudence
Referred to subcommittee
SB 1117 81-0 (2009) Author: Nichols, Robert Relating to the appeal of certain ad valorem tax determinations through binding arbitration. Senate: Finance Left pending in committee
SB 1754 81-0 (2009) Author: Wentworth, Jeff Relating to filing fees for civil actions or proceedings in a district, county, justice, or small claims court. House: Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate: Jurisprudence
Referred to Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
SR 1089 81-0 (2009) Author: Carona, John Suspending limitations on conference committee jurisdiction, S.B. No. 408. Reported enrolled
HB 196 80-0 (2007) Author: Gonzalez Toureilles, Yvonne Relating to appeals from small claims courts. House: Civil Practices Committee report sent to Calendars
SB 618 80-0 (2007) Author: Wentworth, Jeff
Sponsor: Hartnett, Will | et. al.
Relating to the jurisdiction of and representation in the county, justice, and small claims courts in civil matters. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/07
SB 1412 80-0 (2007) Author: Hinojosa, Juan
Sponsor: Gonzales, Veronica
Relating to certain fees collected by justice courts and small claims courts. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/07
SB 1416 80-0 (2007) Author: Hinojosa, Juan
Sponsor: Gonzales, Veronica
Relating to the amount of a judgment that may be appealed from small claims court. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/07
SB 1662 80-0 (2007) Author: Janek, Kyle Relating to information provided to a plaintiff in a small claims court by a defendant against whom judgment is rendered. Senate: Jurisprudence Referred to Jurisprudence
HB 182 79-0 (2005) Author: Mowery, Anna | et. al.
Sponsor: Janek, Kyle
Relating to the appeal of certain ad valorem tax determinations through binding arbitration. House: Local Government Ways & Means
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/05
SB 181 79-0 (2005) Author: Janek, Kyle Relating to appeals to small claims courts of certain ad valorem tax determinations. Senate: Jurisprudence Left pending in committee
SB 438 79-0 (2005) Author: Gallegos, Jr., Mario
Sponsor: Solis, Jim | et. al.
Relating to service of citation in small claims courts. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Corrected comm. rept. sent to Local & Consent
SB 1424 79-0 (2005) Author: Gallegos, Jr., Mario
Sponsor: Solis, Jim
Relating to filing fees in a civil matter in a justice court or small claims court. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/05
SB 1425 79-0 (2005) Author: Gallegos, Jr., Mario
Sponsor: Solis, Jim
Relating to the filing of an affidavit of inability to pay in appealing a small claims court judgment. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/05
HB 396 78-0 (2003) Author: Mowery, Anna | et. al.
Sponsor: Williams, Tommy
Relating to appeals to small claims courts of certain ad valorem tax determinations. House: Local Government Ways and Means
Senate: Intergovernmental Relations
Placed on intent calendar
HB 981 78-0 (2003) Author: Solomons, Burt Relating to appeals to small claims courts of certain determinations of the appraised value of property for ad valorem tax purposes. House: Local Government Ways and Means Left pending in committee
HB 41 78-4 (2003) Author: Mowery, Anna Relating to appeals to small claims courts of certain ad valorem tax determinations. House: Public School Finance, Select Referred to Public School Finance, Select
HB 57 78-4 (2003) Author: Ellis, Dan Relating to appeals to small claims courts of certain ad valorem tax determinations. House: Public School Finance, Select Referred to Public School Finance, Select
SB 27 78-4 (2003) Author: Williams, Tommy Relating to appeals to small claims courts of certain ad valorem tax determinations. Senate: Intergovernmental Relations Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
HB 284 77-0 (2001) Author: King, Phil Relating to service and contents of citation and answer in justice and small claims courts. House: Civil Practices
Senate: Jurisprudence
Referred to Jurisprudence
HB 1060 77-0 (2001) Author: Mowery, Anna Relating to appeals to small claims courts of certain ad valorem tax determinations. House: Ways & Means Referred to subcommittee
HB 31 76-0 (1999) Author: Goolsby, Tony Relating to the jurisdiction of the county, justice, and small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs No action taken in committee
SB 55 76-0 (1999) Author: Carona, John Relating to the jurisdiction of the county, justice, and small claims courts. Senate: Intergovernmental Relations No action taken in committee
SB 250 76-0 (1999) Author: Ellis, Rodney Relating to civil jurisdiction and the awarding of attorney's fees in justice and small claims courts. Senate: Jurisprudence Referred to Jurisprudence
HB 721 75-0 (1997) Author: Alexander, Clyde Relating to certain fees collected by a justice of the peace. House: County Affairs Referred to County Affairs
HB 3153 75-0 (1997) Author: Hilbert, Paul Relating to civil jurisdiction and the awarding of attorney's fees in justice and small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs Referred to Judicial Affairs
SB 1500 75-0 (1997) Author: Ellis, Rodney
Sponsor: Hilbert, Paul
Relating to civil jurisdiction and the awarding of attorney's fees in justice and small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs
Senate: Jurisprudence
Point of order sustained
SCR 49 73-0 (1993) Author: Montford, John Requesting the speaker of the house of representatives and the lieutenant governor to create a joint interim committee to study the jurisdiction, procedure, fines, costs, administration, facilities, and operation of the justice of the peace, municipal and small claims courts in the State of Texas. Senate: Administration Laid on table subject to call in committee
HB 180 72-0 (1991) Author: Eckels, Robert
Sponsor: Brown, J.E.
Relating to a seal for justice courts and for small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/91
HB 389 72-0 (1991) Author: Tallas, Jim Relating to the jurisdiction of the justice and small claims courts. House: Judiciary Referred to subcommittee
HB 1431 72-0 (1991) Author: Denton, Betty
Sponsor: Ratliff, Bill
Relating to the jurisdiction of the county, justice, and small claims courts, to the processing and storage of information in the civil docket of a justice of the peace, and to the jurisdiction of certain municipal courts over certain hearings relating to stored motor vehicles. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/91
SB 304 72-0 (1991) Author: Ratliff, Bill Relating to the jurisdiction of the county, justice and small claims court. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Referred to Judiciary
HB 120 72-2 (1991) Author: McCollough, Parker Relating to the fees charged by justice courts and small claims courts. Filed
HB 488 71-0 (1989) Author: Rudd, Jim
Sponsor: Glasgow, Bob
Relating to justice and small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on 9/1/89
HB 1108 71-0 (1989) Author: Tallas, Jim
Sponsor: Brown, J.E.
Relating to small claims court jurisdiction. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective in 90 days-8/28/89
HB 110 71-2 (1989) Author: Eckels, Robert Relating to a seal for justice courts and for small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs Referred to Judicial Affairs
HB 30 71-4 (1990) Author: Eckels, Robert Relating to a seal for justice courts and for small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs Referred to Judicial Affairs
HB 14 71-5 (1990) Author: Eckels, Robert Relating to a seal for justice courts and for small claims courts. House: Judicial Affairs Referred to Judicial Affairs
HB 624 70-0 (1987) Author: Eckels, Robert
Sponsor: Henderson, Don
Relating to actions and procedures concerning matters within the jurisdiction of the justice and small claims courts and to the concurrent jurisdiction of county courts. House: Judicial Affairs
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective immediately
HB 1623 70-0 (1987) Author: Eckels, Robert Relating to the institution of an action and enforcement of a judgment in small claims court. House: Judicial Affairs Referred to Judicial Affairs
HB 1730 70-0 (1987) Author: Garcia, Orlando Relating to certain persons representing other persons in justice court. House: Judicial Affairs Pending in committee
HB 42 68-0 (1983) Author: Thompson, Gary
Sponsor: Glasgow, Bob
Relating to small claims court procedure in justice courts. House: Judicial Affairs
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
HB 1419 68-0 (1983) Author: Schoolcraft, Alan Relating to the jurisdiction of the small claims court. House: Judicial Affairs No action taken
HB 1376 67-0 (1981) Author: Schoolcraft, Alan Relating to the jurisdiction of the small claims court. House: Judicial Affairs Referred to subcommittee
SB 454 67-0 (1981) Author: Parker, Carl Relating to the jurisdiction of the small claims court. Senate: Jurisprudence Reported from committee favorably without amendments
HB 234 66-0 (1979) Author: Lalor, Lance Relating to the jurisdiction of the justice court and the small claims court. House: Judiciary Referred to Committee on Judiciary
HB 343 66-0 (1979) Author: Grant, Ben Z. Relating to the jurisdiction of the justice court and the small claims court. House: Judiciary Referred to Committee on Judiciary
HB 643 65-0 (1977) Author: Lalor, Lance Relating to jurisdiction of Small Claims Courts. House: Judicial Affairs Assigned to General State Calendar
HB 651 65-0 (1977) Author: Hill, Gerald Relating to jurisdiction of Small Claims Court. House: Judiciary Referred to subcommittee
HB 861 65-0 (1977) Author: Wyatt, Jr., Joe Relating to certain fees and jurisdiction of Small Claims Court. House: Judiciary Referred to subcommittee
HB 2122 65-0 (1977) Author: Cain, David Creating municipal small claims courts in certain cities; providing for the jurisdiction, venue, administration and procedures of these courts and declaring an emergency. House: Intergovernmental Affairs Referred to Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs
HB 1327 64-0 (1975) Author: Allen, Joe
Sponsor: Gammage, R.A. "Bob"
Relating to judgments in small claims courts not claimed by the plaintiff. House: Judiciary
Senate: Jurisprudence
Effective in 90 days
HB 1600 63-0 (1973) Author: Hale, L. DeWitt Relating to directing the designation of certain small claims courts utilizing a simple, informal, and inexpensive procedure for the prompt determination of small claims in accordance with the rules and principles of substantive law; providing an effective day; repealing Chapter 309, Acts of the 53rd Legislature, Regular Session, 1953, as amended (Article 2460a, Vernon's Texas Civil Statutes); and declaring an emergency. House: Judiciary
Senate: Administration
Reported favorably
HB 399 61-0 (1969) Author: Calhoun, Frank Relating to jury fees for trials in small claims courts.
HB 768 59-0 (1965) Author: Jones, Delwin Relating to prohibiting unauthorized practice before small claims courts.
HB 343 58-0 (1963) Author: Ritter, Jr., Jack | et. al. Relating to providing that the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court created by a certain Act shall be increased to include all actions for the recovery of money by any person, association of persons, corporation, or by any attorney for such parties, or other legal entity only where the amount involved exclusive of costs does not exceed One Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($150) except claims for salary or wages, which claims shall not exceed Two Hundred Dollars ($200); and providing for a filing fee of Three Dollars ($3); and a fee for service of citation of Two Dollars ($2).
HB 393 58-0 (1963) Author: Peeler, Travis A. Relating to providing that the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court created by a certain Act shall be increased to include all actions for the recovery of money only where the amount involved exclusive of costs does not exceed $100.00; except for certain claims for wages or salary earned, or for work or labor performed under contract of employment, not to exceed $200.00.
HB 232 57-0 (1961) Author: Glusing, Ben A. Relating to amending a certain Act providing that the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court shall be increased to include all actions for recovery of money only where the amount involved does not exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100).
HB 484 56-0 (1959) Author: Day, Jr., James C. "Jimmy" Relating to amending certain acts providing for an increase in the jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court.
HB 495 54-0 (1955) Author: Carr, Waggoner | et. al. Relating to amending certain Acts so as to clarify the fees to be charged as Court costs and the manner in which citation may be served in the Small Claims Court; to provide such Court costs shall apply only to the costs accruing up to and including the entry of judgment in the Small Claims Court, but shall not apply to any proceeding execution after entry of judgment in such Court.
SB 227 54-0 (1955) Author: McDonald, Warren Swann Relating to amending certain Acts to provide for a Two Dollar fee for services of citation out of Small Claims Courts; to provide for accounting therefor; to prohibit mileage therefor.
HB 495 53-0 (1953) Author: Carr, Waggoner | et. al. Relating to creating Small Claims Courts in the several counties within the State of Texas; prescribing their jurisdiction and venue.
HB 970 47-0 (1941) Author: Reed, William Otey | et. al. Relating to empowering cities of over 75,000 inhabitants to have small claims courts.

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