1-1     By:  Ellis                                            S.B. No. 1023
 1-2           (In the Senate - Filed March 9, 1999; March 10, 1999, read
 1-3     first time and referred to Committee on Jurisprudence;
 1-4     March 23, 1999, reported favorably by the following vote:  Yeas 4,
 1-5     Nays 0; March 23, 1999, sent to printer.)
 1-6                            A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 1-7                                   AN ACT
 1-8     relating to records of fines and fees collected in criminal cases.
1-10           SECTION 1.  Article 103.010, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
1-11     amended by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
1-12           (c)  Instead of a receipt book, each officer collecting fines
1-13     or fees in criminal cases for the county may maintain the
1-14     information listed in Subsections (b)(1)-(5) in a computer
1-15     database.  The officer shall provide a receipt to each person
1-16     paying a fine or fee.
1-17           SECTION 2.  Article 103.011, Code of Criminal Procedure, is
1-18     amended to read as follows:
1-19           Art. 103.011.  AUDIT.  An officer [provided with a receipt
1-20     book under Article 103.010] shall deliver the [his] receipt book or
1-21     a copy of any receipt records contained in a computer database to
1-22     the county auditor at the end of each month's business or at the
1-23     end of each month shall allow the county auditor electronic access
1-24     to receipt records contained in the computer database.  The county
1-25     auditor shall examine the receipt book or computer records and
1-26     determine whether the money collected has been properly disposed
1-27     of.  If each receipt in a receipt [the] book has been used, the
1-28     county auditor shall keep the book.  If any receipt in the book has
1-29     not been used, the auditor shall return the book to the officer.
1-30     The county auditor may keep a copy of computer generated receipt
1-31     records delivered to the county auditor.  Any person may inspect a
1-32     receipt book or a computer generated receipt record kept by the
1-33     county auditor.
1-34           SECTION 3.  The importance of this legislation and the
1-35     crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
1-36     emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
1-37     constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
1-38     days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
1-39     and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
1-40     passage, and it is so enacted.
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