Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

DATE: October 12, 2003
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Deuell Announces Authorization of Additional District Court in Kaufman County
Provisions in House Bill 7 Allow for Creation on Jan. 15

AUSTIN -- State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) announced today that a second judicial district could be coming to Kaufman County sooner than originally anticipated. On Friday, September 10, the Texas Senate passed a provision in House Bill 7 that will allow for the creation of an additional district court in Kaufman County on January 15th, 2004. The Texas House of Representatives passed the same provision on Sunday, September 12.

The bill will now be sent to Governor Rick Perry's office for his signature.

During the 78th Legislative session, an additional court was created, but the effective date was put off until September, 2005. Under the provisions of the conference committee report on HB 7, the effective date was accelerated to this coming January.

Sen. Deuell said he was happy to see this much-needed court come to fruition.

"When I was first sworn into office, the local leadership in Kaufman County informed me that an additional district court was one of their highest legislative priorities," Deuell said. "While we were able to get the court created, budget constraints forced us to move the effective date back to 2005."

"Since the end of the regular legislative session, we have actively been searching for ways to see the timetable moved up, and I am proud we were able to get it done."

Sen. Deuell said his office was contacted earlier this week by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst's office concerning the creation of the court.

"Gov. Dewhurst's office informed me that we could include the Kaufman County court in House Bill 7 if the county was able to move forward in January," Deuell said. "After contacting county leaders, they informed me that Kaufman County was ready, willing and able to begin."

Deuell said this success comes from a collaborative effort on many parts.

"I think we owe a debt of gratitude to all those who worked on this," Deuell said. "Gov. Dewhurst, Rep. Betty Brown, and all the local leaders who made this a priority should be thanked for their hard work and success."