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No significant fiscal impact to the State.
Local Government Impact
Local governments would be required to provide facilities, courtroom, and administrative support in the county where the case was originally filed. According to the Office of Court Administration, no significant fiscal impact to local governments is anticipated.
SB 455 would authorize the attorney general of the State of Texas to petition the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Texas to convene a special three judge district court
in any suit filed in a district court in this state in which this state or a
state officer or agency is a defendant in a claim that 1) challenges
the finances or operations of this state's public school system and 2) involves
the apportionment of districts for the house of representatives, the senate,
the State Board of Education (SBOE), or the United States Congress, or state
judicial districts. The chief justice within a reasonable time of receipt would be required to issue an order transferring the case.
The three individuals required to serve would be the
district judge of the judicial district to which the original case was
district judge of a judicial district other than a judicial district in the
same county as the judicial district to which the original case was assigned, one justice
of a court of appeals from a third different court.