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Committees


 2019 - 2020 TMCA/TMCEC Committees

 

All the work by and for the Association is performed by members who volunteer to do the work. Generally, the members work as part of a constituted committee appointed by the Association President. For the most part, the committee membership is drawn from the officers and directors who have agreed to perform the necessary tasks assigned to that committee.

There are four standing committees which are required by the TMCA Bylaws. The Association President is authorized by the TMCA Bylaws (Article VII, Section 6) to appoint such committees as necessary to carry on the business of the Association. Since the TMCA Board of Directors also serves as the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center (TMCEC) Board of Directors, there are two committees specifically constituted for TMCEC business -- the Education and Personnel committees.

The current committees are listed below. Most committee members also serve on the TMCA Board of Directors. 
 
Annual Meeting Committee - The Annual Meeting Committee coordinates the planning and preparation of the Annual Conference as directed by the board.
 
Hon. Hilda Cuthbertson
Hon. Kathleen Person
Hon. Bonnie Townsend
Hon. Julie Escalante
Ms. Shona Bohon**
 
Audit Committee - The Audit Committee shall consist of the President Elect and two other members, other than the Treasurer, to be appointed by the President.  The Committee shall review the Association's financial records within 60 days of the close of fiscal year and shall present a report to the Board of Directors at its next regular board meeting.
 
Hon. Pam Liston
Hon. Hilda Cuthbertson
 
Budget and Finance Committee - The Budget and Finance Committee is required by Article XIII, Section 5 of the TMCA Bylaws.  The committee is charged to establish an operating budget consistent with a reasonable forecast of income, and also to seek and identify additional sources of funding and to develop a long-range plan to provide more extensive services and benefits to members of the Association.
 
The Treasurer maintains the financial accounts reflecting the expenditures and income by budget account in an accounting structure using budget accounts segregated to provide the Board with a summary overview of expenses and income by category.  Supporting detail for each main budget category will be available as requested by the President or the Board.
 
In addition to the TMCA financial duties, the committee will also coordinate with the TMCEC Executive Director to establish financial controls for TMCEC deposit and disbursement of the TMCEC grant funds.
 
Hon. Hilda Cuthbertson
Hon. Robert C. Richter, Jr.
Hon. Danny Rodgers
Hon. Horacio Peña, Jr.
 
Bylaws Committee - The Bylaws Committee is tasked to review the Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation, Mission Statement, and grant conditions to assure compatibility; to receive proposed Bylaws changes from Association members, including committee members; to evaluate proposed changes for conformity with the Association's aforesaid existing documents; and to submit the committee's recommendation to the TMCA Board.
 
The committee shall assure that each member of the Association is provided with a ballot reflecting the proposed changes to the Bylaws, shall provide a place for the ballot to be mailed, count the ballots received, and report the results to the Board of Directors.  The committee shall assure that the approved revisions are incorporated into the Bylaws.
 
Hon. Michael Davis
Hon. Horacio Peña, Jr.
Hon. Michael Acuña
 
Executive Committee - The Executive Committee of the Association is composed of the President, President-Elect, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past President.
 
The Executive Committee may act in the place of the Board of Directors between board meetings on all matters, except those specifically reserved to the board of other committees created or otherwise permitted by these Bylaws.
 
The Executive Committee shall oversee (i) the financial affairs of the Association, and (ii) personnel matters.  The Executive Committee shall report on all actions at the next board meeting.
 
Hon. Pam Liston
Hon. Ed Spillane
Hon. Danny Rodgers
Hon. Hilda Cuthbertson
Hon. Robert C. Richter, Jr.
Hon. Esmeralda Peña Garcia
 
Legislative Committee - The Legislative Committee is established by the TMCA Bylaws (Article XIII, Section 4) and consists of those members appointed by the President to serve.  The committee is charged with determining, what legislative programs are desired and/or approved by the membership and, in cooperation with the President, plan and execute a program for obtaining favorable consideration of any legislation favored by the membership.
 
This committee is the focal point when legislators, legislator's staff, etc., need input for municipal court legislation and will work to develop the TMCA legislative package that TMCA believes would be beneficial to Texas municipal courts.
 
This committee has, in addition to the responsibility reflected in the Bylaws, also acted as the Intergovernmental Relations Committee.  This added responsibility will continue.  In this role, the committee, as requested by the President, will be the TMCA focal point for coordination and liaison with organizations that share the same goals and interest as TMCA such as TML, other judicial training groups, appropriate state governmental agencies which impact the municipal courts, etc.  The committee will recommend policy and methodology to the Board for working with these various organizations and agencies and will keep the Board informed of any undertaking of these other organizations and agencies which could have an impact on the Association or municipal courts.
 
Hon. Stewart Milner
Hon. Ed Spillane
Hon. Esmeralda Peña Garcia
Hon. Robin Ramsay
Hon. Pam Liston
Hon. Forrest Phifer
Hon. Tim Meek
Hon. Michael Davis
Hon. Kathleen Person
 
Membership Committee - The duty of the Membership Committee is threefold: (1) recruit new members; (2) retain current members; and (3) encourage membership involvement in Association activities.  The committee will recruit from the membership and especially from the TMCA board members a volunteer or volunteers to attend each TMCEC seminar (1) to make the TMCA membership presentation to the seminar participants; (2) to staff the membership desk; and (3) to staff the hospitality functions at TMCEC seminars.  (Incorporates Scholarship and Public Outreach Committees)
 
Hon. Esmeralda Peña Garcia
Hon. Michael Davis
Hon. Julie Escalante
Hon. Gary Ellsworth
 
Nominating Committee - The Nominating Committee is required by Article XIII, Sections 2 and 3 of the TMCA Bylaws.  The committee shall consist of five members with no more than three members presently serving on the Board of Directors.  The committee shall prepare and submit to each Association member a ballot placing in nomination at least one candidate for each office.  The committee shall invite all Association members to submit recommendations for nomination in accordance with Section 2(c) of Article XIII.
 
The committee will prepare a schedule to reflect the necessary actions to comply with section 2(c) and Section 3 of Article XIII.  The schedule will be submitted to the TMCA Board of Directors on or before the second Board meeting.
 
The Chair of the committee shall endeavor to schedule to have the ballots counted so the results of the vote can be announced at the TMCA annual meeting (convention) but the results shall be announced not later than June 30.
 
Hon. Tim Meek
Hon. Gary Ellsworth
 
Website Committee - The Website Committee provides the TMCA website liaison with the TMCA site web master, the Internet host provider, the domain name registry, the website counter, etc.
 
Hon. Robert C. Richter, Jr.
Hon. Horacio Peña, Jr.
Hon. Julie Escalante
 

Personnel, Policy and Compensation Review (TMCEC) Committee - The Personnel, Policy and Compensation Review (TMCEC) Committee is appointed to work with TMCEC issues and reports to the TMCEC board of directors.  The committee is available, upon request, to discuss with and provide advice to the TMCEC Executive Director regarding any personnel disciplinary actions being considered by the TMCEC Executive Director.  The committee will review the existing policies and recommend changes that would be appropriate.

The committee will also evaluate and recommend any adjustment to the compensation of the TMCEC staff.  This committee will only meet when requested by the TMCEC Executive Director, the Board President, or by an approved motion of the Board.

Hon. Pam Liston
Hon. Robert C. Richter, Jr.
Hon. Ed Spillane
Hon. Danny Rodgers
Hon. Hilda Cuthbertson
 
Education Committee (TMCEC) - The Education Committee (TMCEC) is established by the Court of Criminal Appeals' "Rules of Judicial Education".  Each member shall be familiar with the "Rules of Judicial Education".  The committee is responsible to assure that the "Rules of Judicial Education" are followed.  The Rules grant this committee autonomous authority (1) to approve judicial continuing education programs to satisfy mandatory judicial education requirements, (2) to rule on request for waivers for non-compliance with mandatory judicial education requirements, and (3) to report to the Court of Criminal Appeals, by November 1, the names of judges who either did not comply with mandatory judicial education requirements or were not granted a waiver.
 
The committee will submit to the TMCEC Board of Directors for approval the committee's recommendation of other matters such as dates and locations of TMCEC seminars, registration fees, compensation to speakers, and all other matters except those not exclusively assigned to the committee by the "Rules of Judicial Education".
 
Hon. Hilda Cuthbertson
Hon. Kathleen Person
Hon. Stewart Milner
Hon. Bonnie Townsend
Hon. Tim Meek
Hon. Michael Acuña
Hon. Gary Ellsworth
Hon. Forrest Phifer
Hon. Sherry Statman**
 
 
 
**denotes committee member is not a board member