By:  Ellis                                            S.R. No. 1193
                                  SENATE RESOLUTION
 1-1           BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the State of Texas, 77th
 1-2     Legislature, Regular Session, 2001, That Senate Rule 12.03 be
 1-3     suspended in part as provided by Senate Rule 12.08 to enable the
 1-4     conference committee appointed to resolve the differences on Senate
 1-5     Bill 536, relating to compensation for wrongful imprisonment, to
 1-6     consider and take action on the following matter:
 1-7           Senate Rule 12.03(4) is suspended to permit the committee to
 1-8     add a new section to the bill to read as follows:
 1-9           SECTION 2.  Section 403.074, Government Code, is amended by
1-10     amending Subsections (b) and (d) and adding Subsection (g) to read
1-11     as follows:
1-12           (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (g), the [The]
1-13     comptroller may not pay a miscellaneous claim unless the claim has
1-14     been:
1-15                 (1)  verified and substantiated by an authorized
1-16     employee of the state agency whose special fund or account is to be
1-17     charged for the claim;
1-18                 (2)  verified by the attorney general as a legally
1-19     enforceable obligation of the state; and
1-20                 (3)  certified by the claimant as due and unpaid.
1-21           (d)  Except as provided by Subsection (g), the [The]
1-22     comptroller may not pay under this section a single claim in excess
1-23     of $25,000, or an aggregate of claims by a single claimant during a
1-24     biennium in excess of $25,000.  For the purposes of this
1-25     subsection, all claims that were originally held by one person are
 2-1     considered held by a single claimant regardless of whether those
 2-2     claims were later transferred.
 2-3           (g)  The comptroller shall pay under this section any claim
 2-4     that satisfies the requirements of Subchapter B, Chapter 103, Civil
 2-5     Practice and Remedies Code, as provided by Section 103.151, Civil
 2-6     Practice and Remedies Code.
 2-7           Explanation:  This addition is necessary to ensure that the
 2-8     comptroller has the authority to issue payments as required by the
 2-9     changes to Chapter 103, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, that
2-10     exceed the current maximum allowed for miscellaneous claims under
2-11     Section 403.074, Government Code.
2-12                                  ______________________________________
2-13                                          President of the Senate
2-14                                       I hereby certify that the above
2-15                                  Resolution was adopted by the Senate
2-16                                  on May 24, 2001, by the following
2-17                                  vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0, one present
2-18                                  not voting.
2-19                                  ______________________________________
2-20                                          Secretary of the Senate