HBA-LCA H.B. 3031 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3031 By: Oliveira Judicial Affairs 4/7/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The last time regional presiding judges received a salary increase was 1991. Since then, the responsibilities of presiding judges have increased for several reasons, including: _the expansion of the Title IV-D Court Master program, which regional presiding judges oversee; _the requirement that presiding judges evaluate all Court Masters within their region; _Rule 11 (Pretrial Proceedings in Certain Cases), Texas Supreme Court, which assigns additional responsibilities to regional presiding judges; _a proposed rule regarding open records that would require presiding judges to hear and determine appeals; _an increase in motions to recuse regular or assigned judges, which most presiding judges try to hear; _a future requirement that presiding judges appoint and coordinate peer review committees for senior and former judges; and _the role of presiding judges in supplying lists of qualified lawyers for certain cases to the district clerk in each region. H.B. 3031 increases the salary of a presiding judge from $18,000 to $23,000 per year, and sets forth a salary schedule, based on the number of courts and judges over which a regional presiding judge has jurisdiction, for a presiding judge who is also a retired or former district judge. 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 Sections 74.051(b) and (c), Government Code, as follows: (b) Provides that the salary, as set by the Texas Judicial Council, of a presiding judge of an administrative judicial region shall not exceed $23,000, rather than $18,000, per year. (c) Increases by $5,000 the annual salary to which certain specified presiding judges are entitled according to a salary schedule set forth in this subsection. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.