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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Working files, 1995-1996, 1998-2001,

Administrative files, 1994-1996, 1998-2000,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Civil Practices:

An Inventory of Records of the Chair at the Texas State Archives, 1994-1996, 1998-2001



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Civil Practices
Title: Records of the chair
Dates: 1994-1996, 1998-2001
Abstract: Records consist of legislative records, minutes, correspondence, agenda, photographs, notices of public hearings, newsletters, clippings, reports, surveys, audiocassettes, and research material. The materials date from 1994 to 1996 and 1998 to 2001 and are records of Chairs Todd A. Hunter and Fred Bosse of the Texas Legislature's House Committee on Civil Practices. Records reflect work done by the committee and its subcommittees during legislative sessions as well as interim work of the committee between sessions.
Quantity: 10 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Committee on Civil Practices of the Texas House of Representatives is composed of nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to fines and penalties arising under civil laws; civil law, including rights, duties, remedies, and procedures thereunder; civil procedure in the courts of Texas; administrative law and the adjudication of rights by administrative agencies; and permission to sue the state. During the 74th Regular Legislative Session (1995), Representative Todd A. Hunter was appointed chairman of the Committee on Civil Practices. Later, Representative Fred Bosse served on the Committee as a member from 1997 to 1998, and as Chair from 1999 to 2002.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records consist of minutes, correspondence, agenda, photographs, notices of public hearings, copies of bills, bill analyses, testimony, newsletters, news clippings, fiscal note/impact statement requests, fiscal notes, witness affirmations, reports, surveys, audiocassettes, computer discs, and research material. The materials date from 1994 to 1996 and 1998 to 2001 and are records of Chairs Todd A. Hunter and Fred Bosse of the Texas Legislature's House Committee on Civil Practices. Records reflect work done by the committee and its subcommittees during legislative sessions, as well as interim work of the committee between sessions and routine administrative matters pertaining to the committee. Correspondence is with other members of the committee, state agency officials, other legislative committees, and constituents and generally relates to committee work on pending or proposed legislation. Subjects of the records include civil liability and judgements, liens of health care practitioners, the liability of parties to a contract to improve real property, class actions, the transfer of multi-county civil suits, alternative dispute resolution, structured settlements, and to certain immunity from liability of employees of a school district or public school. Of special note is material relating to sovereign immunity, judicial immunity, contract dispute resolution, actions regarding certain computer date failures (related to the Year 2000 technology issue), the Structured Settlement Protection Act, and the treatment of claims against the state. A few files concern the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, on which Representative Bosse served.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into two series:
Working files, 1995-1996, 1998-2001, 8.5 cubic ft.
Administrative files, 1994-1996, 1998-2000, 1.5 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Portions of these records may be restricted under V.T.C.A. Texas Government Code Chapter 306, which reads, in part as follows: "to ensure the right of the citizens of this state to petition state government, as guaranteed by Article I, Section 27, of the Texas Constitution, by protecting the confidentiality of communications of citizens with a member of the legislature or the lieutenant governor, the public disclosure of all or part of a written or otherwise recorded communication from a citizen of this state received by a member or the lieutenant governor in his official capacity is prohibited unless: (1) the citizen expressly or by clear implication authorizes the disclosure; (2) the communication is of a type that is expressly authorized by statute to be disclosed; or (3) the official determines that the disclosure does not constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy of the communicator or another person. This section does not apply to a communication to a member of the legislature or the lieutenant governor from a public official or public employee acting in an official capacity. A member or the lieutenant governor may elect to disclose all or part of a communication to which this section applies, and that disclosure does not violate the law of this state." No member has elected to disclose all or part of the communications contained within these committee records.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions, an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Restrictions on Use

Cotton gloves provided by the Archives mus be used to view the photographs.

Researchers should contact the Archives Preservation Officer to view or use the computer discs and the audio and video cassettes.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Hunter, Todd A.--(Todd Ames),--1953-
Bosse, Fred M.,--1947-
Corporate Names:
Texas. Sunset Advisory Commission.
Subjects:
Civil law--Texas.
Civil procedure--Texas.
Administrative law--Texas.
Administrative procedure--Texas.
Actions and defenses--Texas.
Privileges and immunities--Texas.
Legislative bodies--Texas--Committees.
Legislation--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Legislative bodies--1994-1996, 1998-2001.
Minutes--Texas--Legislative bodies--1994-1996, 1998-2001.
Agendas--Texas--Legislative bodies--1994-1996, 1998-2001.
Photographs--Texas--Legislative bodies--1994-1996, 1998-2001.
Legislative records--Texas--Legislative bodies--1994-1996, 1998-2001.
Reports--Texas--Legislative bodies--1994-1996, 1998-2001.
Audio cassettes--Texas--Legislative bodies--2000.
Floppy discs--Texas--Legislative bodies--1998-2001.
Functions:
Developing civil law.
Developing administrative law.
Representing state.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Records of Todd A. Hunter, 1960-1997 (bulk 1989-1996), 34 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]
Texas Sunset Advisory Commission: An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1977-2001, 13.63 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Records of Representative Fred M. Bosse, 1991, 1993, 1995-2002, undated (bulk 1997-2000), 7.47 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records of the chair, Committee on Civil Practices, House of Representatives, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1997/067, 2003/089

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Representative Todd Hunter on December 31, 1996, and by Representative Fred Bosse on December 17, 2002.

Processing Information

Lisa M. Hendricks, April 1997

Nancy Enneking, March 2003

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Working files, 1995-1996, 1998-2001,
8.5 cubic ft.

Types of records present include copies of bills, preliminary drafts of bills, fiscal note/impact statement requests, fiscal notes, correspondence, bill analyses, testimony, witness affirmations, agenda, notices of public hearings, news clippings, reports, surveys, research material, audiocassettes, and 3 1/4 inch computer floppy discs. Records date from 1995 to 1996 and 1998 to 2001 are bill files of the chairs Todd A. Hunter and Fred Bosse of the Texas Legislature's House Committee on Civil Practices. Records reflect work done by the committee and its subcommittees during legislative sessions as well as interim work done by the committee between legislative sessions in preparing reports and drafting legislation for consideration by the next legislature. Bills under consideration by the committee relate, for example, to civil liability and judgements, liens of health care practitioners, the liability of parties to a contract to improve real property, class actions, the transfer of multi-county civil suits, alternative dispure reslution, structured settlements, and to certain immunity from liability of employees of a school district or public school. Of special note in these records is material relating to sovereign immunity, judicial immunity, contract dispute resolution, actions regarding certian computer date failures (related to the Year 2000 technology issue), the Structured Settlement Protection Act, and the treatment of claims against the state. A few subject files contain informational materials relating to bills on class action suits, guns, the evaluation of existing law, Year 2000 technology issues, personal injury damages.
Arrangement
Within each legislative session records are arranged in numerical order by bill number, supporting and research materials follow the bill files. All records remain in their original physical order. Numerous files have been removed from hanging folders and refoldered as needed.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Working files, Records of the chair, House of Representatives, Texas Legislature. Committee on Civil Practices, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
74th Legislature, 1995
box
1997/067-16 House Bills 15 through 2401
box
1997/067-17 House Bills 2420 through 3181
Senate Bills 122 through 1581
House Concurrent Resolutions 70 through 187
House Joint Resolution 113
Senate Concurrent Resolutions 41 through 106
Tort Reform files, 1995
box
1997/067-19 Certified copies of bills:
House Bills 15 through 3181
Senate Bills 122 through 1581
House Concurrent Resolutions 70 through 187
Senate Concurrent Resolutions 41 through 106
House Joint Resolution 113
74th Legislature, Interim Sesson, 1995-1996
box
1997/067-18 Interim Committee correspondence, 1996
Sovereign immunity legislation files and research materials, 1995-1996
Interim Report to the 75th Texas Legislature, December 1996
76th Legislature, Regular Session, 1999
box
2003/089-3 Hearing files:
March 10, 1999
March 17, 1999
March 24, 1999
April 7, 1999
April 14, 1999
April 21, 1999
April 28, 1999
May 5, 1999
box
2003/089-1 House Bills 9 through 2456
box
2003/089-2 House Bills 2482 through 3834
House Concurrent Resolutions 64 through 248
Senate Bills 34 through 532
box
2003/089-3 Senate Bills 598 through 1745
Senate Concurrent Resolutions 18 through 72
Supporting materials:
box
2003/089-4 Texas Trial Lawyers Association,
[empty]
Civil Justice League, 1999
Y2K articles, 1998-1999
Class action lawsuits, 1999
Gun bills, 1998-1999
Committee on Civil Practices, Interim Report to the 76th Legislature, January 1999
[Loose notebook of material on Senate Bill 731], 1999
76th Legislature, Interim Session, 1999-2000
box
2003/089-4 Interim Report to the 77th Legislature, November 2000
Interim committee memos, 1999-2000
General committee articles, 1999-2000
Select committee [Select Committee on Judicial Interpretations of Law] memos, 1999-2000
Hearing, June 20, 2000
Witness handouts, June 20, 2000
Hearing, August 24, 2000
Civil Practices survey information, 2000
Court of Appeals survey, [2000]
District Court survey, [2000]
box
2003/089-5 Conflicts jurisdiction charge, 1999
Summary judgement charge, 2000
Structured settlement charge, 2000
Rule-making charge, 2000
Qui-Tam/false claims, undated
Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee, 1999-2000
Judicial recusal
[empty]
Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 2000
Expert testimony, articles, 1999
Statutes of limitations, articles, 2000
Monetary awards/punitive damages, 2000
[Untitled wallet file of completed surveys]:
State District Courts, [2000]
Hearing, June 22, 2000
[3 audiocassettes]
Select Committee on Judicial Interpretation, August 24, 2000
[1 audiocassette]
Courts of Appeals, [2000]
Late arrivals, [2000]
Family/Criminal courts, [2000]
77th Legislature, Regular Session, 2001
box
2003/089-4 To do X: House Bill 3125, data
House Bill 3125, data
State of the Judiciary, Address to the 77th Legislature, February 13, 2001

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Administrative files, 1994-1996, 1998-2000,
1.5 cubic ft.

Types of records present include minutes, correspondence, agenda, bill copies, legislative records, memoranda, news clippings, receipts, printed materials, inventories, reports, resumes, and a photograph. Records date from 1994 to 1996 and 1998 to 2000 and are administrative files of the chair of the Texas House of Representative's Committee on Civil Practices. Representatives Todd A. Hunter and Fred M. Bosse served as chairs during the time period of these records. Correspondence is with other members of the committee, state agency officials, other legislative committees, and constituents and relates to committee work on pending or proposed legislation. Records reflect routine administrative matters pertaining to the committee such as hearing files, general procedures, confirmations of assignments, roll calls, and the scheduling of committee meetings. A few files concern the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, on which Representative Bosse served.
Arrangement
Hearing files are listed first, thereafter the records are arranged in no apparent order and remain in order as received. Numerous files have been removed from hanging folders and refoldered as needed.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative files, Records of the chair, House of Representatives, Texas Legislature. Committee on Civil Practices, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box
1997/067-15 Photograph, unidentified, undated
Post - Confirmations, (hearing notices), 1995
Committee Member Signatures, 1995
Committee Absentee/Present, 1995
Completed Committee Tape Logs, 1995
Requests for Minutes/Witness Forms, 1995
Correspondence:
1996 January - May 1995
August/October 1995
Correspondence from Committee Services, 1995-1996
Computer Committee Procedures, 1995
General Committee Procedures [empty]
Receipts, 1995-1996
Property Inventory, 1995
House Rules - Procedures, 1995
Resumes, 1995-1996
Miscellaneous, 1994-1995
Minutes, February 1995 - September 1996
box
2003/089-4 Committee correspondence, 1999
[Untitled hanging folder containing Civil Practices tentative schedule and various House publications], 1999
box
2003/089-5 Sunset files:
General Sunset information, 2000
Texas Department of Economic Development - articles, 2000
[3 folders]
Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2000
Aircraft Pooling Board, 2000
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 2000
LMS project information, 1999
Land and Resource: Land issues, 2000
Land and Resource: Annexation, 2000
Land and Resource: Coastal issues, 1998-2000
Civil Practices: Constituent correspondence, 2000
Open records request, 1999
Health and Human Services Commission correspondence, 1999
[Untitled hanging file filled with internet advertising materials], undated

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