HBA-BSM H.B. 2158 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2158 By: Thompson Juvenile Justice & Family Issues 7/25/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 77th Legislature, the law required that an appeal in a parental rights termination suit be given precedence over other civil cases, but did not require the court to accelerate the appeal. In an accelerated appeal, briefs and the notice of appeal must be filed within 20 days instead of 30 days of the last action and the clerk and the reporter must file the record of the appeal within 10 days after the notice rather than having up to 120 days to file. If requested, the court is authorized to hear the appeal on original papers forwarded by the trial court or on sworn and uncontroverted copies of the papers. Delay in legal procedures related to the disposition of cases involving the termination of parental rights is not in the best interest of the children of this state. House Bill 2158 requires appellate courts to accelerate appeals cases in suits in which termination of the parent-child relationship is in issue. 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. ANALYSIS House Bill 2158 amends the Family Code to require appellate courts to accelerate appeal cases in a suit in which termination of the parent-child relationship is in issue. The bill provides that the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure apply in such cases. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.