Protective Orders and State Employee Pension Plans - 70th R.S. (1987)

Committee Members


  • Study problems associated with protective orders, review existing visitation and domicile laws, comparing Texas statutes with those of other states.
  • Study Texas law and procedure relating to the preparation of a uniform law providing for the direct payment of pension benefits to certain qualified nonemployee spouses patterned after the Retirement Equity Act of 1984. Resolve the conflicts in state and federal law regarding availability of health insurance on divorce or death of the employee spouse.
  • Study the development of a state Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QUADRO) program comparable to the federal plan.


HCR 17, 70th Legislature, 2nd Called Session ordered the Senate Jurisprudence Committee and the House Committee on Judiciary to undertake a study related to pension benefits. The committees met together as the Joint Interim Committee on Protective Orders.

Mike Toomey (Co-Chair) resigned 1/6/1988. Harold Dutton named Chair of the House Judiciary Committee February 1988. Dalton Smith (Member) appointed June 1, 1988. (Letter from Speaker of the House Gibson D. (Gib) Lewis, June 1, 1988. Press Release, Speaker of the House Gibson D. (Gib) Lewis, February 12, 1988. See House Speaker Lewis Appointments, L1801.1 P926a 1985-92 3.)

J.E. "Buster" Brown (Co-chair) was appointed on 6/21/1988 to serve as the acting chair of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee during the 1988 interim. (Letters from William P. Hobby, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, June 21, 1988. See Lieutenant Governor Hobby Appointments, L1803.1 P926la 1987-90 3.)

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