HBA-KMH S.B. 1163 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1163 By: Wentworth Judicial Affairs 5/10/1999 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, some county courts have attempted to alter the current probate system by allowing themselves jurisdiction over probate matters without converting their court into a statutory probate court. The county courts also avoid complying with statutory probate court administrative procedures, and lack the specialized staff needed to handle probate cases effectively. S.B. 1163 restricts the ability to expand the jurisdiction of a statutory probate court beyond probate, guardianship, mental health, or eminent domain matters which conflict with the provisions of Subchapter B (General Provisions Relating to Statutory Probate Courts), Government Code. 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 25.0021, Government Code, to provide that specific provisions as to a particular court or county supersede the provisions of this subchapter (General Provisions Relating to Statutory Probate Courts), except that this subchapter controls over a specific provision for a particular court or county if the specific provision attempts to create jurisdiction in a statutory probate court other than jurisdiction over probate, guardianship, mental health, or eminent domain proceedings. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 2.Repealers: Section 25.00266, Government Code (Application of Subchapter); and Section 25.0032, Government Code (Application of Subchapter). SECTION 3.Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 4.Makes application of this Act prospective.