Bill Text: TX SB253 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Comm Sub


Bill Title: Relating to expedited proceedings in cases involving dangerously damaged or deteriorated or substandard buildings or improvements in a municipality.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-16 - Not again placed on intent calendar [SB253 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB253-Comm_Sub.html
 
 
  By: Rodríguez  S.B. No. 253
         (In the Senate - Filed December 19, 2018; February 7, 2019,
  read first time and referred to Committee on Intergovernmental
  Relations; April 11, 2019, reported favorably by the following
  vote:  Yeas 4, Nays 3; April 11, 2019, sent to printer.)
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A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
 
  relating to expedited proceedings in cases involving dangerously
  damaged or deteriorated or substandard buildings or improvements in
  a municipality.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.014(a), Civil Practice and Remedies
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  A person may appeal from an interlocutory order of a
  district court, county court at law, statutory probate court, or
  county court that:
               (1)  appoints a receiver or trustee;
               (2)  overrules a motion to vacate an order that
  appoints a receiver or trustee;
               (3)  certifies or refuses to certify a class in a suit
  brought under Rule 42 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure;
               (4)  grants or refuses a temporary injunction or grants
  or overrules a motion to dissolve a temporary injunction as
  provided by Chapter 65;
               (5)  denies a motion for summary judgment that is based
  on an assertion of immunity by an individual who is an officer or
  employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state;
               (6)  denies a motion for summary judgment that is based
  in whole or in part upon a claim against or defense by a member of
  the electronic or print media, acting in such capacity, or a person
  whose communication appears in or is published by the electronic or
  print media, arising under the free speech or free press clause of
  the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, or Article
  I, Section 8, of the Texas Constitution, or Chapter 73;
               (7)  grants or denies the special appearance of a
  defendant under Rule 120a, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, except
  in a suit brought under the Family Code;
               (8)  grants or denies a plea to the jurisdiction by a
  governmental unit as that term is defined in Section 101.001;
               (9)  denies all or part of the relief sought by a motion
  under Section 74.351(b), except that an appeal may not be taken from
  an order granting an extension under Section 74.351;
               (10)  grants relief sought by a motion under Section
  74.351(l);
               (11)  denies a motion to dismiss filed under Section
  90.007;
               (12)  denies a motion to dismiss filed under Section
  27.003; [or]
               (13)  denies a motion for summary judgment filed by an
  electric utility regarding liability in a suit subject to Section
  75.0022; or
               (14)  denies a motion filed by a governmental unit as
  defined by Section 101.001 of this code in an action filed under
  Section 54.012(6) or 214.0012, Local Government Code.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter B, Chapter 54, Local Government Code,
  is amended by adding Section 54.0155 to read as follows:
         Sec. 54.0155.  EXPEDITED PROCEEDINGS FOR CERTAIN CIVIL
  ACTIONS.  (a)  A court shall expedite any proceeding, including an
  appeal in accordance with Subsection (b), related to a suit brought
  under this subchapter for the enforcement of an ordinance relating
  to dangerously damaged or deteriorated structures or improvements
  as described by Section 54.012(6).
         (b)  An appeal of a suit described by Subsection (a) is
  governed by the procedures for accelerated appeals in civil cases
  under the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure.  The appellate court
  shall render its final order or judgment with the least possible
  delay.
         SECTION 3.  Section 214.001, Local Government Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (s) to read as follows:
         (s)  A court shall expedite any proceeding, including an
  appeal in accordance with Section 214.0012, related to a
  substandard building determination under this section.
         SECTION 4.  Section 214.0012, Local Government Code, is
  amended by adding Subsection (i) to read as follows:
         (i)  An appeal under this section is governed by the
  procedures for accelerated appeals in civil cases under the Texas
  Rules of Appellate Procedure. The district court shall render its
  final order or judgment with the least possible delay.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
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