I wasn’t able to attend yesterday’shearing on SB 1204, but the debate was apparently lively. According to this morning’s report in the Austin American-Statesman, legislators, trial lawyers, and judges bristled at the bill’s scope during more than four hours of testimony before the Senate State Affairs Committee. Much of the criticism focused on the proposal to adopt special rules and procedures for “complex cases,” which some fear would disenfranchise local judges implicitly deemed incapable of adjudicating such matters.
The Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel don’t agree on much, but both organizations oppose SB 1204. The bill seems to be losing momentum.