HBA-ATS H.B. 1213 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1213 By: Eiland Judicial Affairs 2/22/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, justices of the peace in Galveston County are unable to appoint former justices of the peace to serve during the temporary absence of a sitting justice of the peace. When a justice of the peace is unable to sit, judicial proceedings are delayed. H.B. 1213 allows any county with a population greater than 215,000 to fill a temporary vacancy by authorizing the presiding judge of the justices of the peace in that county to appoint a former justice of the peace or a former county court, statutory county court, or district court judge of this state to perform the duties of a justice of the peace during a temporary absence. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 75.404, Government Code, as follows: Sec. 75.404. New title: PRESIDING JUDGE FOR JUSTICE COURTS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES. Adds the provision that Section 75.404 applies only to a county with a population greater than 215,000. Authorizes the justices of the peace in any such county, rather than Harris County, to select from among themselves a presiding judge. Redesignates existing Subsections (b)-(k) to Subsections (c)-(l). Makes conforming changes. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.