By Place H.B. No. 1395 74R5495 GWK-F A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the dismissal of prosecutions of certain misdemeanor 1-3 traffic offenses punishable by fine only. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Article 45.23, Code of Criminal Procedure, is 1-6 amended to read as follows: 1-7 Art. 45.23. To Try Cause Without Delay; Dismissals. When 1-8 the defendant is brought before the justice, he shall proceed to 1-9 try the cause without delay, unless good ground be shown for a 1-10 postponement thereof, in which case he may postpone the trial to 1-11 any time not longer than five days, and may, if he deem proper, 1-12 require the defendant to give bail for his appearance; and if, when 1-13 required, he fails to give bail, he shall be kept in custody until 1-14 the final determination of the cause. A justice for good cause 1-15 shown may dismiss the prosecution of an offense involving a 1-16 violation of a traffic law. 1-17 SECTION 2. The importance of this legislation and the 1-18 crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an 1-19 emergency and an imperative public necessity that the 1-20 constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several 1-21 days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended, 1-22 and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its 1-23 passage, and it is so enacted.