HBA-RBT H.B. 3650 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3650 By: Hartnett Judicial Affairs 4/26/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Texas Government Code Section 61.001 requires 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 creates 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 Sections 61.001(a), (b), and (c), Government Code, to authorize the commissioners court, in order to increase the funds available to reimburse petit jurors or venirepersons who serve longer than one day, to reduce or eliminate the reimbursement otherwise required under this section for petit jurors or venirepersons who are excused or discharged one day or less after responding to summons. Provides that any amounts not paid to jurors or venirepersons by virtue of this provision must be used solely to supplement the reimbursement of petit jurors or venirepersons who serve more than one day after responding to summons. Makes conforming changes. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. Makes application of this Act prospective. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.