Austin, Texas
                    FISCAL NOTE, 76th Regular Session
                              April 5, 1999
          TO:  Honorable Juan Hinojosa, Chair, House Committee on
               Criminal Jurisprudence
        FROM:  John Keel, Director, Legislative Budget Board
       IN RE:  SB116  by Bivins (Relating to the disposition of the
               fines collected from persons arrested or issued citations
               for certain offenses by a school district peace
               officer.), As Engrossed
*  No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.                    *
Local Government Impact
The bill would allow local school districts to retain 50% of the fines
levied by school district peace officers for Class C misdemeanors on
school property.  Under current law, cities and counties are allowed to
retain 100 percent of the fines imposed from Class C misdemeanors, with a
few exceptions. 

Under the provisions of this bill, cities and counties would lose a small
amount of revenue, while school districts would realize a small
increase.  The adjustment is directly proportional to the  number of
offenses fined under the parameters of the legislation, which is in part
dependent on the number of peace officers employed by the district and
whether they have the authority to issue citations.  The revenue could
amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars for large school districts.
However, it is estimated that if the legislation had been in effect in
1998 that Austin ISD would have realized $21,000 in additional revenue.
Dallas ISD may have realized as much as $390,000 in the same year.
Source Agencies:   
LBB Staff:         JK, MD, CT, UP