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Based on these per dollar revenue increases, OCA estimates that a $10 increase in statewide electronic filing system fund fee would result in an increase of $3,453,630 in district courts, $1,803,740 in county level courts, and $42,448 in the intermediate appellate courts and Supreme Court, for a total estimated annual revenue increase of $5,299,818 to the state each fiscal year.
No significant fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
Texas Public Policy Action recommended a neutral vote on HB 2302 in the 83rd Legislature Session. Since the Texas Supreme Court created an unfunded mandate by requiring an electronic filing system for civil cases to be implemented starting in January 2014, the Legislature must fund the mandate. Since this bill increases the fee by $10 in order to cover a shortfall in funding for the mandate, we are remaining neutral on SB 1970. A point of concern, however, is that the fee may be continually increased in the future with no restrictions.