By:  Ellis                                            S.B. No. 1023
                                A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
                                       AN ACT
 1-1     relating to records of fines and fees collected in criminal cases.
 1-3           SECTION 1.  Article 103.010, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
 1-4     amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
 1-5           (c)  Instead of a receipt book, each officer collecting fines
 1-6     or fees in criminal cases for the county may maintain the
 1-7     information listed in Subsections (b)(1)-(5) in a computer
 1-8     database.  The officer shall provide a receipt to each person
 1-9     paying a fine or fee.
1-10           SECTION 2.  Article 103.011, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
1-11     amended to read as follows:
1-12           Art. 103.011.  AUDIT.  An officer [provided with a receipt
1-13     book under Article 103.010] shall deliver the [his] receipt book or
1-14     a copy of any receipt records contained in a computer database to
1-15     the county auditor at the end of each month's business or at the
1-16     end of each month shall allow the county auditor electronic access
1-17     to receipt records contained in the computer database.  The county
1-18     auditor shall examine the receipt book or computer records and
1-19     determine whether the money collected has been properly disposed
1-20     of.  If each receipt in a receipt [the] book has been used, the
1-21     county auditor shall keep the book.  If any receipt in the book has
1-22     not been used, the auditor shall return the book to the officer.
1-23     The county auditor may keep a copy of computer generated receipt
1-24     records delivered to the county auditor.  Any person may inspect a
 2-1     receipt book or a computer generated receipt record kept by the
 2-2     county auditor.
 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,
 2-8     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
 2-9     passage, and it is so enacted.