HBA-GUM, KMH H.B. 234 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 234 By: Keel Criminal Jurisprudence 56/8/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 76th Texas Legislature, the law established a search warrant affidavit as a public record upon execution of the warrant. Due to a lack of specificity regarding where the records are to be made available, some counties had failed to make the records available for review at all. H.B. 234 clarifies the former law by specifying that the records will be made available in the office of the magistrate's clerk during regular business hours. 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 Article 18.01(b), Code of Criminal Procedure, by requiring the magistrate's 6/21/1999 affidavit made for the purposes of securing a search warrant. SECTION 2. Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.