Honorable Larry Taylor, Chair, House Committee on Elections
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3409 by Kolkhorst (Relating to filing amended statements reflecting change in lobby registration; creating an offense.), As Introduced
The bill would amend the Government Code as it related to filing amended statements reflecting change in lobby registration. The provisions of the bill that enhance existing punishment or create new punishment for criminal offenses are the subject of this analysis. Under the provisions of the bill, intentionally or knowingly failing to amend certain registration during the legislative session would be a Class A misdemeanor.
A Class A Misdemeanor is punishable by confinement in county jail for a term not to exceed one year and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000.
Creating a penalty for any criminal offense is expected to result in increased demands upon the correctional resources of counties or of the State due to longer terms of probation, or longer terms of confinement in county jails or prison. For this analysis, it is assumed the number of offenders convicted under this statute would not result in a significant impact on the programs and workload of State corrections agencies or on the demand for resources and services of those agencies.