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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would amend the Code of Criminal Procedure relating to the procedure of providing a bill of costs to a defendant by an officer. Under the provisions of the bill, a cost is not payable until the written bill is provided to the person charged with the cost.
The Office of Court Administration reports no significant fiscal impact to the state court is anticipated.
Defendants convicted of crimes are often required to pay certain court costs in addition to the actual statutory penalty associated with the crime for which they were convicted. Under current law a defense attorney may ask for a bill of costs but that information is not required to be provided without first requesting it.
HB 1516 would establish that a person convicted of a crime would not be liable for any of the associated financial costs until such time as they are provided with a written bill containing the items of cost. This would essentially standardize the practice of giving a convicted person an itemized list of costs they are required to pay without them first having to ask for it first.