HBA-CBW S.B. 1681 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 1681 By: Jackson Criminal Jurisprudence 4/30/2001 Engrossed BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, there is some confusion as to whether the payment of certain amounts or fines sufficiently indicates a person's intent to waive his or her right to a jury trial. Senate Bill 1681 provides that the payment of certain amounts or fines constitutes a waiver of a jury trial in writing. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS Senate Bill 1681 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure to provide that payment of a fine or an amount accepted by the court, in a misdemeanor case for which the maximum possible punishment is by fine only, constitutes a waiver of a jury trial in writing. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2001.