2011 Bills

2011 Legislation

The 82nd Texas Legislature ended its regular session May 30, 2011. All probate, guardianship and trust bills passed during the session have been signed by the Governor, and most become effective September 1, 2011. One bill in the first called session (SB 1) contains guardianship changes and, as of July 8, 2011, was awaiting the Governor's signature. Each bill affecting probate, guardianship and trust law is listed below. Click here to search for a particular bill, or use the list of topics and key words to the right to find legislation.

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All bills are labeled "Awaiting Governor's Signature," "Enacted," or "Did Not Pass."

Entries in judges (1)


x-Did Not Pass: HB 2372 -- Assignment of judges to hear recusals

Caption: Relating to the recusal or disqualification of a statutory probate court judge and subsequent assignment of another judge.
Author: Hartnett
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Relevance:  In 2007, SB 406 amended Section 25.00255 of the Government Code to make the presiding judge of the administrative judicial district, not the presiding statutory probate judge, responsible for appointing judges to hear recusals of statutory probate judges and to hear the case if a statutory probate judge is recused. HB 2372 would give the presiding statutory probate judge the authority to appoint judges to hear recusals and to replace disqualified judges, but it would prohibit the presiding judge from appointing another statutory probate judge from the same county to hear recusal motions.