H.B. No. 431
  relating to a temporary justice of the peace.
         SECTION 1.  Section 27.055(b), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (b)  If a justice is temporarily unable to perform official
  duties because of absence, recusal, illness, injury, or other
  disability, the county judge, on the judge's own motion or at the
  request of the justice of the peace, may appoint a qualified person
  to serve as temporary justice for the duration of the absence of the
  justice of the peace from the bench [disability].  The
  commissioners court shall compensate the temporary justice by the
  day, week, or month in an amount equal to the compensation of the
  regular justice. A temporary justice has all the rights and powers
  of the justice of the peace while serving in that capacity but may
  not make personnel decisions about, or significant changes in, the
  justice of the peace's office.
         SECTION 2.  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, 2017.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 431 was passed by the House on May 8,
  2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 431 was passed by the Senate on May
  19, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________