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Senate Committee on Jurisprudence
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 78th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Jeff Wentworth

Mario Gallegos, Jr

Kip Averitt
Robert Duncan
Chris Harris
Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Royce West


Stephanie Hoover

(512) 463-0395

Video/Audio Archives

78th Session Interim

78th Third Called Session

78th First Called Session / Congressional Redistricting Hearings

78th Regular Session


The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • Study the jurisdiction of all local and state courts, including civil and criminal justice courts. Make recommendations for changes to any court's jurisdiction to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of the judicial system. Review and make recommendations relating to concurrent jurisdiction of county courts at law and district courts over eminent domain proceedings.
  • Study judicial salaries, supplements, retirement, and benefit issues for sitting, visiting and retired judges.
  • Study arbitration statutes, and the role of the American Arbitration Association. Specifically, the Committee shall make recommendations to improve and ensure the efficiency, effectiveness, and fairness of arbitrators and arbitrations.
  • Study insanity defense laws, specifically evaluating the impact of changing the defense of "not guilty by reason of insanity" to "guilty, but insane."