Texas Register, Volume 32, Number 31, Pages 4681-4816, August 3, 2007 Page: 4,794
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Deputy General Counsel for Contracts
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Filed: July 25, 2007
Public Notice of Court Costs and Fees
Texas Government Code, 51.607, requires the Comptroller of Pub-
lic Accounts (comptroller) to publish a list of all court costs and fees
imposed or changed during the most recent regular session of the Leg-
islature. This section also provides that, notwithstanding the effective
date of the law imposing or changing the amount of a court cost or fee,
the change does not take effect until the January following the effective
date of the law, unless the bill makes a specific exception. If the bill
takes effect before August 1 or after January 1, then the court cost or
fee takes effect upon the effective date of the bill.
The listing of court costs and fees to be identified and published as
required by Government Code, 51.607, are as follows:
House Bill 8, Sexual Abuse of a Child Fee
Effective January 1, 2008. House Bill 8, known as the Jessica Lunsford
Act, relates to the prosecution, punishment, and supervision of certain
The bill amends Code of Criminal Procedure, 102.0186(a), by adding
continuous abuse of a child to the list of offenses under which a person
is required to pay a $100 cost upon conviction. These costs are de-
posited in the child abuse prevention fund that is administered by the
House Bill 530, Drug Court Cost Fee
Effective June 15, 2007. House Bill 530 adds Code of Criminal Pro-
cedure, Article 102.0178 and Government Code, Article 102.0215, to
create a court cost of $50 on conviction of an offense punishable as a
Class B misdemeanor or higher for certain intoxication and drug con-
victions. The county or municipality shall remit the collected funds
to the comptroller quarterly. If the county or municipality remits the
funds on a timely basis, the county or municipality may retain 10%
of the total funds collected quarterly as a service fee. If the county or
municipality has established a drug court program, the county or mu-
nicipality may retain an additional 50% of the funds collected to be
used exclusively for drug court programs operated within the respec-
tive jurisdiction. The comptroller shall deposit remitted funds to the
drug court account in the general revenue fund to help fund applicable
drug court programs. Counties with populations of more than 200,000
(formerly set at more than 550,000) must establish a drug court pro-
gram, provided they receive federal or state funding for that purpose.
House Bill 764, Family Protection Fee
Effective June 15, 2007. House Bill 764 amends Government Code,
51.961, reducing the Family Protection Fee from $30 to $15. The
bill repeals Government Code, 51.961(g), which eliminates the re-
quirement that county or district clerks remit one-half of the fee to the
comptroller for deposit into the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
Trust. Attorney General Opinion GA-0387 found the state portion of
the fee to be unconstitutional.
House Bill 1267, Indigent Defense Court Cost
Effective January 1, 2008. House Bill 1267 adds Government Code,
102.023, to create a new $2 court cost for indigent defense. The fee
applies to any offense other than an offense relating to a pedestrian
or parking. The fee will apply in all municipal, justice, county, and
district court convictions. The fee is to be remitted quarterly to the
comptroller for deposit to the fair defense account to be used to fund
indigent defense representation.
House Bill 1295, Supplemental Court-initiated Guardianship Fee
Effective January 1, 2008. House Bill 1295 creates a supplemental
court-initiated guardianship fee for the support of the judiciary in cases
involving guardianships under Texas Probate Code, 683. The court
clerk shall collect the $20 fee, which the court imposes in certain pro-
bate original actions and adverse probate actions. The fee must be
deposited into the county treasury to provide supplemental funding
for compensation of court-appointed guardians ad litem and court-ap-
pointed attorneys ad litem and to fund local guardianship programs for
indigent incapacitated persons.
House Bill 1623, Administrative Fees for Dismissal of Certain Viola-
Effective January 1, 2008. House Bill 1623 creates administrative fees
and increases others relating to the dismissal of certain Transportation
Code and Parks & Wildlife Code violations. The fees apply when a
defendant demonstrates that corrective action has been taken and the
court chooses to dismiss the charge.
The bill creates an administrative fee not to exceed $10 for the dismissal
of a violation for the operation of a vehicle without a license plate or
registration insignia by adding Transportation Code, 502.404(f) and
The bill increases the administrative fee for dismissal of a charge
of driving with an expired motor vehicle registration from not to
exceed $10 to not to exceed $20 by amending Transportation Code,
The bill creates an administrative fee not to exceed $10 for the dis-
missal of a violation for the operation of a vehicle with a wrong, ficti-
tious, altered, or obscured license plate by adding Transportation Code,
The bill adds Transportation Code, 521.025(f), to create an adminis-
trative fee not to exceed $10 for the dismissal of a violation for failing
to carry a license and exhibit it on demand.
The bill increases the administrative fee for dismissal of a charge of
driving with an expired license from not to exceed $10 to not to exceed
$20 by amending Transportation Code, 521.026.
The bill adds Transportation Code, 521.054 (d), to create an adminis-
trative fee not to exceed $20 for the dismissal of a violation of failing
to change address or name on a drivers license.
The bill adds Transportation Code, 521.221(d), to create an adminis-
trative fee not to exceed $10 for the dismissal of a violation of operating
a vehicle in violation of a restriction imposed or without the endorse-
ment required on the license issued to that person.
The bill adds Transportation Code, 547.004(c) and (d), to create an
administrative fee not to exceed $10 for the dismissal of the violation
of operation, or allowing the operation, of a vehicle that is unsafe or
not in compliance with vehicle standards and requirements or that is
equipped in a prohibited manner.
The bill amends Transportation Code, 548.605(b), to increase the ad-
ministrative fee for dismissal of a charge of driving with an expired
inspection certificate from not to exceed $10 to not to exceed $20.
The bill adds Parks and Wildlife Code, 31.021(f), to create an admin-
istrative fee not to exceed $10 for the dismissal of a violation for the
operation of a vessel with an expired certificate of number.
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