HBA-KMH H.B. 1896 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 1896 By: Keel Judicial Affairs 4/22/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, there is one criminal law magistrate in Travis County. 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. At the present time, the City of Austin magistrates 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 the functions of the magistrate 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, accordingly the salary should reflect the duties. H.B. 1896 provides an exception to the provision setting the minimum authorized salary for a master on family law cases and who is appointed under Section 54.971 (Appointment), Government Code. 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 clarify 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 judge 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.