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TEXAS STATUTES THE LAW IN TEXAS PRESENTATION BY JILL HENDERSON 4-2006 COMPONENTS OF TX. LAW Common law from judicial decisions Constitution of 1876 Statutes/Codes Agency Rules/Regulations Court Rules, misc. Municipal Ordinances and County Rules (Minutes) Texas Constitutions -1

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TEXAS STATUTES

THE LAW IN TEXAS

PRESENTATION BY JILL HENDERSON

4-2006


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COMPONENTS OF TX. LAW

  • Common law from judicial decisions

  • Constitution of 1876

  • Statutes/Codes

  • Agency Rules/Regulations

  • Court Rules, misc.

  • Municipal Ordinances and County Rules (Minutes)


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Texas Constitutions -1

  • Numerous ones from 1836-1876; present one is from 1876; we cannot get rid of it and it has been amended numerous times.

  • Is Supreme law of the land in Tex., but is trumped by the Federal Constitution in federal matters.

  • Divided into 17 articles w/ Preamble and Bill of Rights


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Texas Constitutions - 2

  • Published by West; contained in Vols. 1, 1A, 1B, 2 & 3

  • Unannotated version is in Vols. 1; then annotated Version thru vol. 3

  • Vol. 3 also contains: previous Tex. Constitutions, Magna Charta, US Declaration of Independence; US Constitution


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TEXAS STATUTES

  • Official compilation began @1856 – last official one in 1925.

  • @ 50 Vols. are numbered 1-23 and arranged A-Z and §1-9307.

  • Several subject arrangements already in statutes.


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TEXAS REVISION PROGRAM

  • Began in 1963, auth. By Tex. Gov. Code §323.007.

  • Tex. now has both statutes and codes. It is an ongoing program.

  • Codification collects like-subjects and arranges them together into a single code.

  • Purpose of codification was to make law more accessible & more understandable.


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TEXAS CODES

  • Tex. Will have 27 eventual codes.

  • Newest codes are Spec. Dist. Local Laws (2003) and Business Organization Code (2006).

  • Probate & CCrP are arranged like codes, but have not been officially codified into the Codes yet.

  • Each Code has its own index and there is a general purpose index.


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ANNOT. ,HISTORY AND PP’S

  • Annotations are added notes to help you understand that section.

  • Can include: court cases (notes of decisions), interpretive comm., historical and statutory notes, etc.

  • Each law section has a history (credit) trail which tells you date of the § enactment and amendments.

  • Pocket parts contain the most recent sections. Located in back of book or in stand-alone pamphlets.


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OTHER PARTS OF VERNON’S

  • Texas Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure

  • Misc. Forms

  • Uniform Commercial Code

  • Indices, tables, etc.


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DERV./ DISP. TABLES

  • Purpose of these tables are to locate relocated sections.

  • Derv. = new sections (left column) to old sections (right columns)

  • Disposition = opposite of above

  • Found in a stand-alone “Master Disposition Table” volume or in each separate Codes.


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TEXAS SESSION LAWS - 1

  • Tex. Legislature meets every 2 years.

  • Enacted laws collected in a set named General and Special Laws of the State of Texas.

  • As a HB or SB is enacted, for purposes of arrangement, it is collected into a numerically sequenced chapter.


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TEXAS SESSION LAWS - 2

  • “NEW is in “italics”. Deletions or minor changes are in strikeout.

  • Regular type equals unchanged portions

  • This set has lists of bills, indices, tables, etc.


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TEXAS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

  • Not part of the 27 Codes; can be cited as “TAC”

  • Collected rules/regulations of the state agencies, etc.

  • Patterned after the 50 Titles of the CFR. Tex. has 16 Titles, numbered 1-43.

  • Proposed rules must first be published in the Texas Register.


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TX ATTY. GEN. OPINIONS

  • The AG acts as the atty. for the State of Tex.

  • Only certain gov. officials can ask for an opinion. See Tex. Gov. Code, Chap. 402.

  • Opinions are not binding, but are persuasive argument, except “unless clearly wrong.”

  • Formal = general interest and letter opinions = local interest only


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ORDINANCES AND CNTY RULES

  • Most cities have published codes books. Some web sites collect published city codes.

  • Abilene now only has an on-line version.

  • Large counties may also have some sort of publication of their rules; Taylor Cnty. rules are found in the minutes of Cnty. Clerk.


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