SB 40

86(R) - 2019
Senate State Affairs
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate State Affairs
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Judith Zaffirini


Jeff Leach


Andrew Murr

Bill Caption

Relating to locations, terms, sessions, and procedures for conducting court proceedings.

Fiscal Notes

According to the Legislative Budget Board, no significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 40 would extend the maximum time the Texas Supreme Court can suspend proceedings during a declared disaster by the governor from 30 to 90 days. However, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may renew the extension.

In addition, the bill would stipulate that courts affected by a natural disaster precluding them from holding their normal terms may, with judicial approval, designate the terms and sessions of the court and may hold judicial proceedings at alternative locations if the normal court facilities are unavailable to be used due to disaster related damage. This would affect district, county, justice, and municipal courts.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on SB 40 because it is an administrative bill which neither advances nor hinders any of our liberty principles.