84(R) - 2015
Relating to supplemental compensation paid to certain county judges.
A fiscal note dated May 9, 2015 anticipated a negative two-year net impact to General Revenue Related Funds from CSSB 1025 of ($4,426,800) through the biennium ending August 31, 2017.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
Senate Bill 1025 would amend Section 26.006 of the Government Code related to salary supplement from state for certain county judges, to increase the annual supplement salary to which a county judge is entitled from $15,000 to 18 percent of the annual compensation provided for a district judge in the General Appropriations Act, keeping the requirement that at least 40 percent of the functions that the judge performs are judicial functions.
Vote Recommendation Notes
No amendments have been introduced on the Senate floor and no changes have been made to the bill in House committee. We continue to oppose it.
The second chamber sponsor is Representative John T. Smithee.
First chamber recommendation:
We understand that county judges may need a salary raise, but this is not the role of the state to pay the salary of county judges. Senate Bill 1025 would increase the scope of government. As a consequence, we oppose it.
We took the same position on a similar bill, HB 2774, earlier this session.