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Not later than the 30th day before the day the hearing is held, the proposed budget and notice of the time and place of the budget hearing shall be disseminated to the membership of the state bar and to the public.(c) The executive director shall preside at the budget hearing or, if the executive director is unable to preside, may authorize any employee of the administrative staff or any officer or director of the state bar to preside.
(b) The proposed budget shall be presented annually at a public hearing.
None of the funds of the state bar collected from mandatory dues may be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
(a) The financial transactions of the state bar are subject to audit by the state auditor in accordance with Chapter 321, Government Code. The auditor's report shall be published in the Bar Journal.(b) The state bar shall file annually with the supreme court, the governor, and the presiding officer of each house of the legislature a copy of the annual financial report prepared by the state bar under Section 2101.011.
(a) The officers of the state bar are the president, president-elect, and immediate past president.(b) Except as provided by Subsection (c), the officers shall be elected in accordance with rules for the election of officers and directors prepared and proposed by the supreme court as provided by Section 81.024.(c) The election rules must permit any member's name to be printed on the ballot as a candidate for president-elect if a written petition requesting that action and signed by at least five percent of the membership of the state bar is filed with the executive director at least 30 days before the election ballots are to be distributed to the membership.
Any bond, note, debenture, evidence of indebtedness, mortgage, deed of trust, assignment, pledge, contract, lease, agreement, or other contractual obligation owed to or by the state bar on June 11, 1979, remains in force and effect according to the terms of the obligation.
If the state bar ceases to exist as a legal entity for any reason, all property of the state bar shall be held in trust by the supreme court for the attorneys of this state.
(a) The state bar may acquire by gift, bequest, devise, or other manner any interest in real or personal property.(b) The state bar may acquire, hold, lease, encumber, and dispose of real and personal property in the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this chapter.(c) The property of the state bar is held by the state bar for the purposes set out in Section 81.012.
(a-3) Except as provided by Subsection (a-4), an increase in a membership fee or other fee for state bar members may not take effect until the supreme court:(1) distributes the proposed fee change in ballot form to each member of the state bar and orders a vote;(2) counts the returned ballots following the 30th day after the date the ballots are distributed; and(3) promulgates the proposed fee, effective immediately, only on approval of the fee increase by a majority of the state bar members who voted on the increase.(a-4) An increase in the fee for membership in the state bar may be made by the board of directors, without a vote of the members of the state bar, provided that not more than one increase may be made by the board of directors in a six-year period and such increase shall not exceed 10 percent.
(a) The executive director of the state bar shall confer with the clerk of the supreme court and shall supervise the administrative staff of the state bar in preparation of the annual budget.(a-1) In developing and approving the annual budget, the state bar and supreme court shall:(1) consider the goals and performance measures identified in the strategic plan developed under Section 81.0215; and(2) identify additional goals and performance measures as necessary.(a-2) Any change in a membership fee or other fee for state bar members must be:(1) clearly described and included in the proposed budget; and(2) considered by the supreme court in the state bar budget deliberations.