HBA-BSM H.J.R. 8 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.J.R. 8 By: Puente Judicial Affairs 3/20/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Bexar County Court at Law Nos. 10, 11, and 12 were created in the 76th legislative session and went into effect on September 1, 1999. The Election Code provides that once a new office is created, a vacancy occurs on the effective date of the act creating the office. Based on this law, vacancies existed in these courts on September 1, 1999. The Commissioners Court of Bexar County was authorized on September 1, 1999 to fill these vacancies by appointment. Pursuant to state and constitutional law, the remainder of the unexpired term for these courts was put on the 2000 primary and general election ballot. The appointees served through the next general election which occurred on November 7, 2000. According to the constitutional election schedule these judges will be elected for a full term at the November 5, 2002 general election for state and county officers in order for them to be on the same election cycle as all statutory county court at law judges in Texas. House Joint Resolution 8 changes the election cycle of the Bexar county courts so that the judges, just elected in November 2000, have a full term ending on January 1, 2005 rather than having to run for reelection in November 2002. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this resolution does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Joint Resolution 8 amends the Texas Constitution to provide that the election and term of office of a judge of County Court at Law Nos. 10 ,11, and 12 of Bexar County are governed by the law relating to county attorneys. The term of office of a judge of County Court at Law Nos. 10, 11, or 12 of Bexar County elected at the general election for state and county officers in 2000 ends January 1, 2005. FOR ELECTION This proposed constitutional amendment shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 6, 2001.