Bill Text: TX SB658 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to making permanent the former temporary increases in records archive fees and records management and preservation fees charged by district and county clerks.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 4-1)

Status: (Enrolled) 2019-06-14 - Effective on 9/1/19 [SB658 Detail]

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  S.B. No. 658
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to making permanent the former temporary increases in
  records archive fees and records management and preservation fees
  charged by district and county clerks.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 51.305(b), Government Code, as effective
  September 1, 2019, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The commissioners court of a county may adopt a district
  court records archive fee of not more than $10 [$5] for the filing
  of a suit, including an appeal from an inferior court, or a
  cross-action, counterclaim, intervention, contempt action, motion
  for new trial, or third-party petition, in any court in the county
  for which the district clerk accepts filings as part of the county's
  annual budget.  The fee must be set and itemized in the county's
  budget as part of the budget preparation process and must be
  approved in a public meeting.  The fee is for preservation and
  restoration services performed in connection with maintaining a
  district court records archive.
         SECTION 2.  Section 51.317(b), Government Code, as effective
  September 1, 2019, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  The fees are:
               (1)  except as provided by Subsection (b-1), for filing
  a suit, including an appeal from an inferior court, $50;
               (2)  for filing a cross-action, counterclaim,
  intervention, contempt action, motion for new trial, or third-party
  petition, $15;
               (3)  for issuing a citation or other writ or process not
  otherwise provided for, including one copy, when requested at the
  time a suit or action is filed, $8;
               (4)  for records management and preservation, $10; and
               (5)  in addition to the other fees imposed under this
  section, for filing a suit, including an appeal from an inferior
  court, or a cross-action, counterclaim, intervention, contempt
  action, motion for new trial, or third-party petition, the amount
  adopted by the county commissioners court, not to exceed $10 [$5],
  for court records archiving.
         SECTION 3.  Section 101.0611, Government Code, as effective
  September 1, 2019, is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 101.0611.  DISTRICT COURT FEES AND COSTS:  GOVERNMENT
  CODE.  The clerk of a district court shall collect fees and costs
  under the Government Code as follows:
               (1)  appellate judicial system filing fees for:
                     (A)  First or Fourteenth Court of Appeals District
  (Sec. 22.2021, Government Code) . . . not more than $5;
                     (B)  Second Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2031, Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (C)  Third Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2041, Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (D)  Fourth Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2051, Government Code) . . . not more than $5;
                     (E)  Fifth Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2061, Government Code) . . . not more than $5;
                     (E-1)  Sixth Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2071, Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (E-2)  Seventh Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2081, Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (E-3)  Eighth Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2091, Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (F)  Ninth Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2101, Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (G)  Eleventh Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2121, Government Code) . . . $5;
                     (G-1)  Twelfth Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2131, Government Code) . . . $5; and
                     (H)  Thirteenth Court of Appeals District (Sec.
  22.2141, Government Code) . . . not more than $5;
               (2)  when administering a case for the Rockwall County
  Court at Law (Sec. 25.2012, Government Code) . . . civil fees and
  court costs as if the case had been filed in district court;
               (3)  additional filing fees:
                     (A)  for each suit filed for insurance contingency
  fund, if authorized by the county commissioners court (Sec. 51.302,
  Government Code) . . . not to exceed $5;
                     (B)  to fund the improvement of Dallas County
  civil court facilities, if authorized by the county commissioners
  court (Sec. 51.705, Government Code) . . . not more than $15;
                     (B-1)  to fund the improvement of Bexar County
  court facilities, if authorized by the county commissioners court
  (Sec. 51.706, Government Code) . . . not more than $15;
                     (C)  to fund the improvement of Hays County court
  facilities, if authorized by the county commissioners court (Sec.
  51.707, Government Code) . . . not more than $15;
                     (D)  to fund the preservation of court records
  (Sec. 51.708, Government Code) . . . not more than $10;
                     (E)  to fund the construction, renovation, or
  improvement of Rockwall County court facilities, if authorized by
  the county commissioners court (Sec. 51.709, Government Code) . . .
  not more than $15;
                     (F)  to fund the construction, renovation, or
  improvement of Travis County court facilities, if authorized by the
  county commissioners court (Sec. 51.710, Government Code) . . . not
  more than $15;
                     (G)  to fund the construction, renovation, or
  improvement of Hidalgo County court facilities, if authorized by
  the county commissioners court (Sec. 51.711, Government Code) . . .
  not more than $20; and
                     (H)  to fund the construction, renovation, or
  improvement of Cameron County court facilities, if authorized by
  the county commissioners court (Sec. 51.711, Government Code) . . .
  not more than $20;
               (4)  for filing a suit, including an appeal from an
  inferior court:
                     (A)  for a suit with 10 or fewer plaintiffs (Sec.
  51.317, Government Code) . . . $50;
                     (B)  for a suit with at least 11 but not more than
  25 plaintiffs (Sec. 51.317, Government Code) . . . $75;
                     (C)  for a suit with at least 26 but not more than
  100 plaintiffs (Sec. 51.317, Government Code) . . . $100;
                     (D)  for a suit with at least 101 but not more than
  500 plaintiffs (Sec. 51.317, Government Code) . . . $125;
                     (E)  for a suit with at least 501 but not more than
  1,000 plaintiffs (Sec. 51.317, Government Code) . . . $150; or
                     (F)  for a suit with more than 1,000 plaintiffs
  (Sec. 51.317, Government Code) . . . $200;
               (5)  for filing a cross-action, counterclaim,
  intervention, contempt action, motion for new trial, or third-party
  petition (Sec. 51.317, Government Code) . . . $15;
               (6)  for issuing a citation or other writ or process not
  otherwise provided for, including one copy, when requested at the
  time a suit or action is filed (Sec. 51.317, Government Code) . . .
  $8;
               (7)  for records management and preservation (Sec.
  51.317, Government Code) . . . $10;
               (7-a)  for district court records archiving, if adopted
  by the county commissioners court (Sec. 51.317(b)(5), Government
  Code) . . . not more than $10 [$5];
               (8)  for issuing a subpoena, including one copy (Sec.
  51.318, Government Code) . . . $8;
               (9)  for issuing a citation, commission for deposition,
  writ of execution, order of sale, writ of execution and order of
  sale, writ of injunction, writ of garnishment, writ of attachment,
  or writ of sequestration not provided for in Section 51.317, or any
  other writ or process not otherwise provided for, including one
  copy if required by law (Sec. 51.318, Government Code) . . . $8;
               (10)  for searching files or records to locate a cause
  when the docket number is not provided (Sec. 51.318, Government
  Code) . . . $5;
               (11)  for searching files or records to ascertain the
  existence of an instrument or record in the district clerk's office
  (Sec. 51.318, Government Code) . . . $5;
               (12)  for abstracting a judgment (Sec. 51.318,
  Government Code) . . . $8;
               (13)  for approving a bond (Sec. 51.318, Government
  Code) . . . $4;
               (14)  for a certified copy of a record, judgment,
  order, pleading, or paper on file or of record in the district
  clerk's office, including certificate and seal, for each page or
  part of a page (Sec. 51.318, Government Code) . . . not to exceed
  $1;
               (15)  for a noncertified copy, for each page or part of
  a page (Sec. 51.318, Government Code) . . . not to exceed $1;
               (16)  fee for performing a service:
                     (A)  related to the matter of the estate of a
  deceased person (Sec. 51.319, Government Code) . . . the same fee
  allowed the county clerk for those services;
                     (B)  related to the matter of a minor (Sec.
  51.319, Government Code) . . . the same fee allowed the county
  clerk for the service;
                     (C)  of serving process by certified or registered
  mail (Sec. 51.319, Government Code) . . . the same fee a sheriff or
  constable is authorized to charge for the service under Section
  118.131, Local Government Code;
                     (D)  prescribed or authorized by law but for which
  no fee is set (Sec. 51.319, Government Code) . . . a reasonable fee;
  and
                     (E)  related to a matter filed in a statutory
  county court (Sec. 51.319, Government Code) . . . the same fees
  allowed the district clerk for those services in the district
  court;
               (17)  jury fee (Sec. 51.604, Government Code) . . .
  $40;
               (18)  additional filing fee for family protection on
  filing a suit for dissolution of a marriage under Chapter 6, Family
  Code (Sec. 51.961, Government Code) . . . not to exceed $15;
               (19)  at a hearing held by an associate judge appointed
  under Subchapter B, Chapter 54A, Government Code, a court cost to
  preserve the record, in the absence of a court reporter, by any
  means approved by the associate judge (Sec. 54A.110, Government
  Code) . . . as assessed by the referring court or associate judge;
  and
               (20)  statewide electronic filing system fund fee (Sec.
  51.851, Government Code) . . . $30.
         SECTION 4.  Section 103.027(a), Government Code, as
  effective September 1, 2019, is amended to read as follows:
         (a)  Fees and costs shall be paid or collected under the
  Government Code as follows:
               (1)  filing a certified copy of a judicial finding of
  fact and conclusion of law if charged by the secretary of state
  (Sec. 51.905, Government Code) . . . $15;
               (2)  cost paid by each surety posting the bail bond for
  an offense other than a misdemeanor punishable by fine only under
  Chapter 17, Code of Criminal Procedure, for the assistant
  prosecutor supplement fund and the fair defense account (Sec.
  41.258, Government Code) . . . $15, provided the cost does not
  exceed $30 for all bail bonds posted at that time for an individual
  and the cost is not required on the posting of a personal or cash
  bond;
               (3)  to participate in a court proceeding in this
  state, a nonresident attorney fee (Sec. 82.0361, Government Code)
  . . . $250 except as waived or reduced under supreme court rules for
  representing an indigent person;
               (4)  on a party's appeal of a final decision in a
  contested case, the cost of preparing the original or a certified
  copy of the record of the agency proceeding, if required by the
  agency's rule, as a court cost (Sec. 2001.177, Government Code)
  . . . as assessed by the court, all or part of the cost of
  preparation;
               (5)  a program fee for a drug court program (Sec.
  123.004, Government Code) . . . not to exceed $1,000;
               (6)  an alcohol or controlled substance testing,
  counseling, and treatment fee (Sec. 123.004, Government Code) . . .
  the amount necessary to cover the costs of testing, counseling, and
  treatment;
               (7)  a reasonable program fee for a veterans treatment
  court program (Sec. 124.005, Government Code) . . . not to exceed
  $1,000;
               (8)  a testing, counseling, and treatment fee for
  testing, counseling, or treatment performed or provided under a
  veterans treatment court program (Sec. 124.005, Government Code)
  . . . the amount necessary to cover the costs of testing,
  counseling, or treatment;
               (9)  a nonrefundable program fee for a commercially
  sexually exploited persons court program (Sec. 126.006, Government
  Code) . . . a reasonable amount not to exceed $1,000, which must
  include a counseling and services fee in an amount necessary to
  cover the costs of counseling and services provided by the program,
  a victim services fee in an amount equal to 10 percent of the total
  fee, and a law enforcement training fee in an amount equal to five
  percent of the total fee; and
               (10)  a district court records archive fee for the
  filing of a suit, including an appeal from an inferior court, or a
  cross-action, counterclaim, intervention, contempt action, motion
  for new trial, or third-party petition, in any court in the county
  for which the district clerk accepts filings, if authorized by the
  county commissioners court (Sec. 51.305, Government Code) . . . not
  more than $10 [$5].
         SECTION 5.  Sections 118.011(b) and (f), Local Government
  Code, as effective September 1, 2019, are amended to read as
  follows:
         (b)  The county clerk may set and collect the following fee
  from any person:
               (1)  Returned Check (Sec. 118.0215)  . . . . . . not
  less than $15 or more than $30
               (2)  Records Management and Preservation Fee (Sec.
  118.0216)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . not more
  than $10 [$5]
               (3)  Mental Health Background Check for License to
  Carry a Handgun (Sec. 118.0217)  . . . . . not more than $2
               (4)  Marriage License for Out-of-State Applicants
  (Sec. 118.018) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $100
         (f)  The county clerk of a county shall, if the commissioners
  court of the county adopts the fee as part of the county's annual
  budget, collect the following fee from any person:
               (1)  Records Archive Fee (Sec. 118.025) . . . . . . .
  not more than $10 [$5]
               (2)  Records Technology and Infrastructure Fee (Sec.
  118.026) . . . . . . . $2.00
         SECTION 6.  Section 51.607, Government Code, does not apply
  to a court fee assessed under a statute amended by this Act.
         SECTION 7.  To the extent of any conflict, this Act prevails
  over another Act of the 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019,
  relating to nonsubstantive additions to and corrections in enacted
  codes.
         SECTION 8.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 658 passed the Senate on
  April 11, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 30, Nays 1; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendments on May 21, 2019, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 658 passed the House, with
  amendments, on April 26, 2019, by the following vote: Yeas 120,
  Nays 17, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor
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