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2020 House Bill 5488: Let courts keep imposing operations costs on defendants
Introduced by Rep. Sarah Lightner (R) on February 13, 2020
To extend until October, 2023 a law that permits courts to impose any costs on guilty defendants that are reasonably related to the actual costs of operating the court, including building maintenance expenses, court employee benefit expenses and more, and do so without tying those expenses to the particular case. The controversial 2014 law that authorized these impositions has already been extended once, and the introduced version of this bill would have added another three years, not two years.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Judiciary Committee on February 13, 2020
Reported in the House on May 13, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 101 to 4 in the House on May 19, 2020.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To extend until October, 2022 a law that permits courts to impose any costs on guilty defendants that are reasonably related to the actual costs of operating the court, including building maintenance expenses, court employee benefit expenses and more, and do so without tying those expenses to the particular case. The controversial 2014 law that authorized these impositions has already been extended once, and the introduced version of this bill would have added another three years, not two years.
Received in the Senate on May 20, 2020
Referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on May 20, 2020
Reported in the Senate on July 23, 2020
With the recommendation that the bill pass.

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