Rep. Richard Raymond
HB 1710 by Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) would allow a county commissioners court to pay each district judge with jurisdiction in the county an annual cost-of-living increase not to exceed 10% of judge’s combined salary from the state and county. The commissioners could authorize the payment if the state has not increased the state salary for district judges within the preceding three years. Payments may be discontinued if the state subsequently increases salary levels. The bill also provides that a district judge or appellate justice becomes eligible for monthly longevity pay after 10 years of service. Under current law, a judge or justice must have 16 years of service to qualify. Judges and justices serving on the effective date of the bill would be eligible after ten years of service.