SB 1559

85(R) - 2017
Senate State Affairs
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate State Affairs
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Law Enforcement

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Negative
  • Neutral


Larry Taylor


Greg Bonnen

Bill Caption

Relating to a fee exemption for guardianship proceedings of certain military servicemembers and certain law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1559 would amend the Estates Code to prohibit a county clerk from charging or collecting from the estate of a proposed ward or ward a fee for the filing of a guardianship proceeding and a fee for any service rendered by the court if the court finds that the proposed ward or ward became incapacitated as a result of a personal injury sustained while in active service as a member of the U.S. armed forces or in the line of duty as a public officer or employee. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Though well intended, providing exemptions for one group over another is a violation of our limited government principle. Due to this fundamental violation, we oppose this bill and all such exemptions.