SB 2053

85(R) - 2017
Senate State Affairs
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence
Senate State Affairs
House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Royce West


Andrew Murr

Bill Caption

Relating to the distribution of the consolidated court cost. 

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for SB 2053, As Engrossed: a negative impact of ($28,000) through the biennium ending August 31, 2019.

The cost to General Revenue could be offset to the extent that the balance within General Revenue-Dedicated Fair Defense Account No. 5073 is increased by a like amount resulting in no cost to certification.

The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, after an individual has been convicted of a crime, they are required to pay certain court costs. Those court costs are ultimately allocated to certain accounts. If this bill passes, the comptroller will no longer distribute these funds to abused children’s counseling, or to comprehensive rehabilitation. Instead the money that would have gone into those accounts will be deposited into the fair defense account in addition to what that account is currently allocated.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill does not have an impact on our liberty principles as it is responding to a court decision declaring the collections to these two accounts unconstitutional. We will remain neutral. 

Organizations Supporting

Texas Conference of Urban Counties