Texas peace officers need to be aware that a new law was passed that adds protection for persons who use service animals. In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature passed House Bill 489 relating to the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities. Texas law and federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) direct all public places to allow service animals accompanied by a person who is blind or has other disabilities. There are a growing number of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) whose disability may not be obvious, but who are impacted by this new law.
Every legislative session has different challenges. In an effort to reach out to more legislators during the 82nd Legislature, we need your help. If you know a state representative and/or a state senator in your area and we can call upon you to make contact regarding legislation that affects justices of the peace and constables, please complete the Adopt a Legislator form and mail it to Constable Carlos Lopez.
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In accordance with theActofJune29, 2011, 82nd Leg., 1stC.S., ch. 3, §§ 5.02, 5.07 (HB 79), amending section 27.060 of the Texas Government Code and abolishing the small claims court as of May 1, 2013, Rules 500-510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure are adopted as follows, and Rules 523-591 and 737-755 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and section 92.0563(d) of the Texas Property Code are repealed, effective May 1, 2013.
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Each year, JPCA honors one or more of its members with the top award that it can bestow, The T A Vines Award. But, as time passes, our memories dim on who Vines was and why the award is named after him.
The Justices of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas each year recognizes outstanding performance from each of the categories of membership. Each of these "of the Year" Awards for Justice of the Peace, Constable, Deputy, and Clerk seeks to acknowledge the commitment and dedication that our specific positions require with exemplary performance or actions that rise above the standard.Throughout the State, great variety and diversity exits in the manner and style that duties are performed and annually the Association takes the opportunity to publicly acknowledge individuals who are nominated by their peers and selected by a committee to be chosen as representative of the best of the best for each group.
In many years such selections can be difficult, due to the initiative and creativity that drives Justice of the Peace Courts and Constables Offices in Texas. Unique programs and specialized solutions in both offices provide tough choices in selecting representatives. Actions such as service on various committees also provide numerous opportunities for recognition.
To be selected as "JP Of the Year", "Constable of the Year", "Deputy of the Year", or "Clerk of the Year" has significant meaning because of the underlying substance of both the performance motivating their nomination and the process for selecting them and each is an award and honor for which they should be duly proud to receive.
To nominate one of your peers for this distinguished award, download the nomination form here.
Do you know someone who has come up with new and/or innovated ways of doing their job? Nominate one of your peers for the Best Practices Award by downloading the nomination form here.