By Uher H.B. No. 1947 75R6843 GJH-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to the collection of restitution and fines by a peace 1-3 officer. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Section 614.041, Government Code, is amended by 1-6 adding Subsection (d) to read as follows: 1-7 (d) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(1) 1-8 that the peace officer accepts for collection a fine or restitution 1-9 for a Class C misdemeanor if the amount of the fine or restitution 1-10 collected is the same as the amount of the fine or restitution 1-11 indicated on the face of the arrest warrant issued for the 1-12 offense. 1-13 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect September 1, 1997, and 1-14 applies only to a collection on or after the effective date of this 1-15 Act. A peace officer who collects a fine or restitution before the 1-16 effective date of this Act is subject to the law in effect on the 1-17 day the collection was made, and the former law is continued in 1-18 effect for that purpose. 1-19 SECTION 3. 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.