H.B. No. 1394

relating to the appointment of magistrates to serve the municipal court of record in Kennedale. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter E, Chapter 30, Government Code, is amended by adding Section 30.001845 to read as follows: Sec. 30.001845. MAGISTRATES. (a) The governing body may appoint one or more magistrates in addition to magistrates provided under Article 2.09, Code of Criminal Procedure. (b) A magistrate does not have to possess all the qualifications necessary to be a municipal court of record judge. (c) A magistrate may not preside over the court or hear contested cases. (d) A magistrate may: (1) conduct an arraignment; (2) hold an indigency hearing; (3) accept a plea; (4) sign a judgment; (5) set the amount of a bond; and (6) perform other functions under Article 15.17, Code of Criminal Procedure. SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2005. ______________________________ ______________________________ President of the Senate Speaker of the House I certify that H.B. No. 1394 was passed by the House on March 23, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 145, Nays 0, 2 present, not voting. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House I certify that H.B. No. 1394 was passed by the Senate on May 24, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0. ______________________________ Secretary of the Senate APPROVED: _____________________ Date _____________________ Governor