By: Brady H.B. No. 2397 73R6688 GWK-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the payment of interest on unpaid restitution ordered 1-3 by a court in a criminal case. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Article 42.12, Code of Criminal Procedure, is 1-6 amended by adding Section 11A to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 11A. INTEREST ON UNPAID RESTITUTION. A judge who 1-8 requires a defendant to pay restitution under this article shall 1-9 require the defendant to pay judgment interest on the amount of 1-10 unpaid restitution, to accrue at the same rate as judgment interest 1-11 in a civil case. 1-12 SECTION 2. The change in law made by this Act applies only 1-13 to interest on restitution imposed by a judge on conviction of an 1-14 offense committed on or after the effective date of this Act. For 1-15 purposes of this section, an offense is committed before the 1-16 effective date of this Act if any element of the offense occurs 1-17 before that date. 1-18 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 1993. 1-19 SECTION 4. The importance of this legislation and the 1-20 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 1-21 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 1-22 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 1-23 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.