HBA-GUM, RBT H.B. 3650 76(R)BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3650 By: Hartnett Judicial Affairs 7/27/1999 Enrolled BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Prior to the 76th Texas Legislature, Section 61.001, Government Code, required counties to pay jurors a daily stipend ranging between $6 and $50 for each day of service. Because most counties set the stipend at the lower end of the scale, jury service often created significant financial hardship for jurors, especially in trials lasting several days. H.B. 3650 gives counties the discretion to reduce or eliminate the stipend for jurors who serve or attend court for only one day and to thereby increase the stipend for jurors who serve more than one day. 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 61.001, Government Code, as follows: Sec. 61.001. REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES OF JURORS. (a) Makes no change. (b) Makes conforming and nonsubstantive changes. (c) Makes a conforming change. (d) Authorizes the commissioners court of a county to reduce or eliminate the daily reimbursement prescribed by this section for persons who attend court for only one day or a fraction of one day. Authorizes the funds retained by the county as a result of this subsection to only be used to increase the daily reimbursement prescribed by this section for jurors and for persons who attend court for more than one day. (e)-(f) Redesignated from existing Subsections (d) and (e). SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.