BILL ANALYSIS H.B. 481 By: Denny 5-3-95 Committee Report (Unamended) BACKGROUND Under current law a defendant convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor pays certain fees that include a 21 cents per mile fee for mileage required of a peace officer for specific services performed in the case. PURPOSE If enacted, H.B. 481 would increase the mileage fee that a defendant convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor pays from 21 cents to 29 cents per mile in order to reflect the actual costs incurred by peace officers. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Article 102.011(b), Code of Criminal Procedure (FEES FOR SERVICES OF PEACE OFFICERS IN CERTAIN COUNTIES), by increasing the fee a defendant is required to pay under this article from 21 cents to 29 cents per mile for mileage required of an officer to perform a service listed in this subsection and to return from performing that service. SECTION 2. (a) Change in law made by this Act applies only to fees imposed for an offense committed on or after the effective date of the Act. (b) Makes effect of the Act prospective. SECTION 3. Effective date: September 1, 1995. SECTION 4. Emergency clause. SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE ACTION HB 481 was considered by the full committee in a public hearing on May 1, 1995. The following persons testified for the bill: Lt. Bob Powell, representing the Texas Police Chiefs Association; and Tom Martin, representing the Texas Police Chiefs Association. HB 481 was left pending in committee. HB 481 was considered in a public hearing on May 1, 1995. HB 481 was reported favorably without amendment, with the recommendation that it do pass and be printed and be sent to the Committee on Local and Consent Calendars, by a record vote of 5 ayes, 0 nays, 0 pnv, and 4 absent.