HB 1021

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

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Joe Moody

Bill Caption

Relating to venue for the offense of failure to attend school.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. OCA indicated that no effect on total local judicial workload is anticipated; however, individual judge's caseloads could be affected by a designation that the court would hear truancy cases for its county. No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated. TEA indicated school districts would be required to take truancy cases to the designated precinct, if one is designated in their county.

Bill Analysis

Summary: If a student has committed an offense of truancy and is prosecuted in court, HB 1021 would specify that if the case is heard in a justice court, the court has to be within the county precinct where the student lives or the precinct where the school is located instead of any precinct.

Analysis: HB 1021 would make an administrative change on where a truancy case can take place when heard in a justice court. With the intent to eliminate forum shopping, this legislation neither offends nor directly supports our liberty principles. We stand neutral on HB 1021.