S.B. No. 57
relating to the priority given to the hearing by trial courts of
certain ad valorem tax matters.
       SECTION 1.  Subsection (a), Section 23.101, Government Code,
is amended to read as follows:
       (a)  The trial courts of this state shall regularly and
frequently set hearings and trials of pending matters, giving
preference to hearings and trials of the following:
             (1)  temporary injunctions;
             (2)  criminal actions, with the following actions given
preference over other criminal actions:
                   (A)  criminal actions against defendants who are
detained in jail pending trial;
                   (B)  criminal actions involving a charge that a
person committed an act of family violence, as defined by Section
71.004, Family Code; and
                   (C)  an offense under:
                         (i)  Section 21.11, Penal Code;
                         (ii)  Chapter 22, Penal Code, if the victim
of the alleged offense is younger than 17 years of age;
                         (iii)  Section 25.02, Penal Code, if the
victim of the alleged offense is younger than 17 years of age; or
                         (iv)  Section 25.06, Penal Code;
             (3)  election contests and suits under the Election
             (4)  orders for the protection of the family under
Subtitle B, Title 4, Family Code;
             (5)  appeals of final rulings and decisions of the
division of workers' compensation of the Texas Department of
Insurance regarding workers' compensation claims and claims under
the Federal Employers' Liability Act and the Jones Act;
             (6)  appeals of final orders of the commissioner of the
General Land Office under Section 51.3021, Natural Resources Code;
             (7)  actions in which the claimant has been diagnosed
with malignant mesothelioma, other malignant asbestos-related
cancer, malignant silica-related cancer, or acute silicosis; and
             (8)  appeals brought under Section 42.01 or 42.015, Tax
Code, of orders of appraisal review boards of appraisal districts
established for counties with a population of less than 175,000.
       SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
President of the Senate             Speaker of the House
       I hereby certify that S.B. No. 57 passed the Senate on
March 14, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
   Secretary of the Senate
       I hereby certify that S.B. No. 57 passed the House on
May 2, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 0, two present
not voting.
   Chief Clerk of the House