HBA-ATS, KMH H.B. 1896 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1896 By: Keel Judicial Affairs 6/4/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Travis County has one criminal law magistrate. This judge works for and is appointed by the district court judges. The law allows the district court judges to hire as many criminal law magistrates as they need. Furthermore, the law sets the salary of the criminal law magistrate so that it may not be less than that of the salary of a family law master. Travis County is responsible for paying these salaries. The City of Austin conducts duties such as advising defendants of the their rights, holding arraignment hearings, and reviewing bonds for the county because almost all newly arrested individuals in the county are booked into the city jail. In the near future, a new county-owned jail facility will be opened and the county will want to take over these duties and use county staff and judges. The duties of the county staff and judges acting in this capacity will be similar to, but less responsible than, the duties of a criminal law magistrate. H.B. 1896 provides an exception to the provision setting the minimum salary of a criminal law magistrate in Travis County if a lesser salary is recommended by the judges described by Section 54.971 (Appointment), Government Code, and approved by the commissioners court. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Section 54.973(b), Government Code, to specify that the salary described in this section is found in Subchapter A (Associate Judge), Chapter 201 (Associate Judge; Child Support Master), Family Code. Provides an exception to this minimum if a lesser salary is recommended by the judges described by Section 54.971 (Appointment), Government Code, and approved by the commissioners court. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.