By Yarbrough, Wohlgemuth                              H.B. No. 1923
         76R8125 JD-D                           
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-1                                   AN ACT
 1-2     relating to the imposition of court costs on persons convicted of
 1-3     certain traffic offenses in certain municipalities.
 1-5           SECTION 1.  Article 102.014(c), Code of Criminal Procedure,
 1-6     is amended to read as follows:
 1-7           (c)  A person convicted of an offense under Subtitle C, Title
 1-8     7, Transportation Code, when the offense occurs within a school
 1-9     crossing zone as defined by Section 541.302 of that code, shall pay
1-10     as court costs $25 in addition to other taxable court costs.  A
1-11     person convicted of an offense under Section 545.066,
1-12     Transportation Code, shall pay as court costs $25 in addition to
1-13     other taxable court costs.  The additional court costs under this
1-14     subsection shall be collected in the same manner that other fines
1-15     and taxable court costs in the case are collected [and shall be
1-16     assessed only in a municipality with a population of 400,000 or
1-17     more].
1-18           SECTION 2.  (a)  This Act takes effect September  1, 1999.
1-19           (b)  The change in law made by this Act applies only to an
1-20     offense committed on or after September 1, 1999.
1-21           (c)  An offense committed before September 1, 1999, is
1-22     covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and
1-23     the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.  For
1-24     purposes of this section, an offense was committed before September
 2-1     1, 1999, if any element of the offense was committed before that
 2-2     date.
 2-3           SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
 2-4     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
 2-5     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
 2-6     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
 2-7     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended.