Sunset Commission Sends Recommendation to Legislature Regarding Membership Fee Voting

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State Bar of Texas members would no longer vote on bar membership fee changes under a recommendation submitted to the Legislature by the state's Sunset Advisory Commission.

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    Why take away Texas attorneys‘ referendum restraint on dues charged by their purportedly "self-governing" licensing authority? Consequently inflated costs get passed on to consumers. By the way, in Virginia, annual bar dues for that state‘s mandatory membership bar is less than what the Texas Bar charges, even as Virginia‘s Bar offers FREE advertising reviews. In contrast, the Texas Bar recently jacked up ad review fees 33% to $100 each, without even seeking attorney member approval. The Texas Bar also fairly recently snuck a reduction in CLE self-study credit permissiveness upon Bar members (to the tune of 2 hours per year, out of 15), while "coincidentally" peddling CLE of its own to the tune of $13 million annually. That $13 million annual figure even excludes what the Texas Bar also rakes in for authorizing competing CLE providers to serve Texas attorneys. And yet the Texas Bar claims that one shouldn‘t have conflicts of interest? Too many Texas Bar “workers” in the attorney disciplinary division still have way too much time to kill unproductively, since the Bar takes in so much money each year (including $20 million annually in mandatory dues payments and of course that additional $13 million in CLE peddling). How many of the Bar’s enforcement actions are actually intended to help society rather than simply enrich the Bar’s “workers” by providing them with highly paid make-work activities that ultimately drive up the cost of legal services that the public must endure if they want attorneys’ help? Why not impose term-limits on Bar officials to reduce the likelihood of thuggery and corruption? If you don‘t believe that the Texas Bar‘s plagued with corruption, please search online for "Kathy Holder, Texas Bar". That former membership director stole around half a million dollars for herself over the course of many years before someone else at the Texas Bar finally stopped snickering long enough to raise the issue and eventually put a stop to that instance of ongoing theft & fraud. For more details about how the status quo is failing Texans where the Texas Bar‘s concerned, please visit:

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