HB 1022

83(R) - 2013
Criminal Justice

Vote Recommendation

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Joe Moody

Bill Caption

Relating to venue for the offense of a parent contributing to a child's 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.

Bill Analysis

Summary: If a student has committed an offense of truancy that was aided by their parents and the parents are prosecuted in court, HB 1022 would specify that if the case is heard in a justice court, the court has to be within the county precinct where the parent lives or the precinct where the school is located instead of any precinct.

Analysis: HB 1022 would make an administrative change to where a justice court can hear a truancy case dealing with a parent. With the intent to eliminate forum shopping, this legislation neither offends nor directly supports our liberty principles. We stand neutral on HB 1022.