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Relating to the creation of the Texas Court of Appeals to hear certain cases; authorizing fees.
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 1529, Committee Report 1st House, Substituted: a negative impact of ($2,760,578) through the biennium ending August 31, 2023.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
SB 1529 would create a statewide Texas Court of Appeals, an intermediate appellate court with exclusive jurisdiction over certain civil cases in which the state is a party. The Court would be composed of five justices chosen through statewide election, similar to the Texas Supreme Court. On the date of its proposed creation, January 1, 2023, all applicable civil cases on appeal would be transferred to their docket.
Texas Action supports SB 1529 because it would promote due process rights and the rule of law. Civil cases involving state agencies are often centered on complex questions of administrative law, an expertise not found in every Court of Appeals across the state. While it would create a new court, SB 1529 would better protect due process by increasing docket speed and limiting arbitrary decision making by judges with less experience in administrative law.