Honorable David Dewhurst, Lieutenant Governor, Senate
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB1419 by West (Relating to funding for juvenile case managers through certain court costs and to the establishment of the truancy prevention and diversion fund.), As Passed 2nd House
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New General Revenue Dedicated Account - Truancy Prevention and Diversion Fund
The bill would impose a $2 court cost on convictions in municipal and justice courts, with collections from the court cost deposited into a new General Revenue account. Money in the new account would be appropriated to the criminal justice division of the Governor's Office for distribution to local governments for truancy prevention and intervention services. The bill would authorize juvenile case managers to provide intervention services to juveniles engaged in misconduct prior to cases being filed, excluding traffic offenses. The county or municipality would be eligible to retain 50 percent of the court cost if a juvenile case manager program is established or in the process of being established.
The bill would do one or more of the following: create or recreate a dedicated account in the General Revenue Fund, create or recreate a special or trust fund either with or outside of the Treasury, or create a dedicated revenue source. The fund, account, or revenue dedication included in this bill would be subject to funds consolidation review by the current Legislature.
According to data provided by both the Comptroller of Public Accounts and the Office of Court Administration, in fiscal year 2012 there were 3,434,323 convictions as that term is defined by the bill in the municipal courts, other than parking and pedestrian offenses. There were 1,298,918 such convictions in the justice courts. These amount to a combined 4,733,241 convictions in one year; this analysis assumes the same number of convictions in future years. A $2 fee assessed in each of these convictions would result in an assessed amount of $9,466,482. This estimate assumes that not all of the assessed amount will be collected; assuming a 65% collection rate, total revenue would be $6,153,213. Assuming that 75% of the convictions will occur in courts that have juvenile case managers, a total of $4,614,910 would be split evenly between the State and local governments. Accordingly, the local governments would retain $2,307,455; the State would receive the other $2,307,455. The other 25% of the total revenue ($1,538,303) from courts without juvenile case managers would be directed entirely to the State. The State would receive a total of $3,845,758.
212 Office of Court Administration, Texas Judicial Council, 302 Office of the Attorney General, 304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 308 State Auditor's Office, 644 Texas Juvenile Justice Department
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