HBA-EDN H.B. 317 77(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 317 By: Telford Judicial Affairs 7/16/2001 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The Sixth Court of Appeals (court) has appellate jurisdiction over 19 Texas counties. Prior to the 77th Legislature, the court was only authorized to transact its business in Texarkana or in the courthouses within its 19 county jurisdiction. However, the court was often unable to sit in the county courthouses due to a lack of space and constant activity at the courthouses. House Bill 317 authorizes the court to transact its business in the county seat of any county within its jurisdiction, allowing the court to use facilities other than the courthouse. 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 317 amends the Government Code to modify the locations where the court of appeals for the Sixth Court of Appeals District (court) is authorized to transact business by removing the requirement that the court transact its business in the courthouse when the court transacts business in the county seat of any county in the district. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.