1-1 By: Jackson S.B. No. 1681
1-2 (In the Senate - Filed March 9, 2001; March 14, 2001, read
1-3 first time and referred to Committee on Jurisprudence;
1-4 April 3, 2001, reported adversely, with favorable Committee
1-5 Substitute by the following vote: Yeas 6, Nays 0; April 3, 2001,
1-6 sent to printer.)
1-7 COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR S.B. No. 1681 By: Jackson
1-8 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
1-9 AN ACT
1-10 relating to the waiver of a jury trial in the prosecution of a
1-11 misdemeanor offense within the jurisdiction of the justice and
1-12 municipal courts.
1-13 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
1-14 SECTION 1. Subsection (c), Section 27.14, Code of Criminal
1-15 Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
1-16 (c) In a misdemeanor case for which the maximum possible
1-17 punishment is by fine only, payment of a fine[
,] or an amount
1-18 accepted by the court constitutes a finding of guilty in open
1-19 court[ ,] as though a plea of nolo contendere had been entered by
1-20 the defendant and constitutes a waiver of a jury trial in writing.
1-21 SECTION 2. Subsection (c), Section 27.14, Code of Criminal
1-22 Procedure, as amended by this Act, applies only to a fine paid or
1-23 an amount accepted by the court in a misdemeanor case on or after
1-24 the effective date of this Act. A fine paid or an amount accepted
1-25 by the court in a misdemeanor case before the effective date of
1-26 this Act is covered by the law in effect immediately before the
1-27 effective date of this Act, and that law is continued in effect for
1-28 that purpose.
1-29 SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2001.
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