HB 2868

84(R) - 2015
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
County Affairs
Hidalgo County

Companion Bill

SB 1964

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Armando Martinez


Terry Canales

Bill Caption

Relating to the imposition of an additional fee for filing civil cases in certain Hidalgo County courts.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State anticipated.

The Comptroller of Public Accounts contacted Hidalgo County to determine the fiscal impact. Hidalgo County's fiscal year (FY) begins January 1. Hidalgo County reported that the county would collect an estimated $1.9 million per year in new revenue for FY 2016- FY 2020, assuming that all filings remain at the current levels. FY 2015 would be prorated for four months, totaling $600,000 in additional revenue resulting from the new fines.

Bill Analysis

HB 2868 would allow Hidalgo County court clerks to collect a fee of $10 for the filing for real property records, both to be used to fund the construction and renovation of court facilities. The fee would expire in 2030 unless rescinded earlier by the commissioners' court of the county.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill affirms the principle of limited government.  While the bill does carry a fiscal impact, it is an appropriate one. A legitimate function of limited government is to provide a justice system. It is important to have courthouses to carry out that justice system that are adequate to the size of the population and that do not require constant maintenance because of their age, which would potentially cause more costs than simply updating the building. SB 1964 achieves these goals while placing the financial burden on those who actively use the system by filing cases, therefore we support this legislation.