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  S.B. No. 1182
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the imposition of an additional filing fee in certain
  proceedings for the support of the Supreme Court of Texas.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 51, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.0051 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.0051.  ADDITIONAL FEES.  (a)  In addition to other
  fees authorized or required by law, the clerk of the supreme court
  shall collect an additional fee on the filing of any application or
  proceeding otherwise requiring a filing fee, including an appeal.
  The additional fee is set by order or rule of the supreme court in an
  amount necessary to defray costs and expenses incurred in the
  operation of the court, not to exceed $50.
         (b)  The clerk shall collect fees imposed under this section
  in the same manner as other fees, fines, or costs are collected in
  the proceeding and shall send the fees imposed under this section to
  the comptroller not later than the last day of the month following
  each calendar quarter. The comptroller shall deposit the fees
  received to the credit of the judicial fund.
         (c)  The comptroller shall establish a supreme court support
  account in the judicial fund. Fees received under this section may
  be appropriated only to the supreme court support account, and the
  comptroller shall allocate to the account amounts as designated in
  the General Appropriations Act from the judicial fund that were
  deposited under this section.
         (d)  The supreme court shall administer the funds deposited
  under this section and appropriated to the supreme court support
  account. The chief justice may make disbursements from the account
  for court-related purposes to defray costs and expenses incurred in
  the operation of the supreme court.
         (e)  The supreme court shall file an accounting with the
  Legislative Budget Board not later than November 1 following each
  state fiscal year showing disbursements made from the supreme court
  support account during the previous state fiscal year and the
  purpose of each disbursement. The expenditures are subject to
  audit by the comptroller and the state auditor.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter C, Chapter 51, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.208 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.208.  ADDITIONAL FEES. (a)  The clerk of a court of
  appeals shall collect an additional fee on the filing of any case
  appealed to and filed in the court of appeals that otherwise
  requires a filing fee. The additional fee is in an amount equal to
  the amount of the additional fee set by order or rule of the supreme
  court and imposed under Section 51.0051.
         (b)  The clerk shall collect fees imposed under this section
  in the same manner as other fees, fines, or costs are collected in
  the proceeding and shall send the fees imposed under this section to
  the comptroller not later than the last day of the month following
  each calendar quarter. The comptroller shall deposit the fees
  received to the credit of the judicial fund.
         (c)  Fees received under this section may be appropriated
  only to the supreme court support account established under Section
  51.0051. The comptroller shall allocate to the account amounts as
  designated in the General Appropriations Act from the judicial fund
  that were deposited under this section.
         (d)  The supreme court shall administer the funds deposited
  under this section and appropriated to the supreme court support
  account in the manner provided by Section 51.0051.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter B, Chapter 101, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 101.022 to read as follows:
         Sec. 101.022.  ADDITIONAL SUPREME COURT FEES AND COSTS. The
  clerk of the supreme court shall collect a supreme court support
  account filing fee in an amount set by the supreme court, not to
  exceed $50, under Section 51.0051.
         SECTION 4.  Subchapter C, Chapter 101, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 101.042 to read as follows:
         Sec. 101.042.  ADDITIONAL COURT OF APPEALS FEES AND COSTS.
  The clerk of a court of appeals shall collect a filing fee under
  Section 51.208 in the amount of the supreme court support account
  filing fee set by the supreme court, not to exceed $50, under
  Section 51.0051.
         SECTION 5.  Sections 51.0051 and 51.208, Government Code, as
  added by this Act, apply only to an action or proceeding filed on or
  after the effective date of this Act.  An action or proceeding filed
  before the effective date of this Act is governed by the law in
  effect at the time the action or proceeding was filed, and the
  former law is continued in effect for that purpose.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1182 passed the Senate on
  April 12, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1182 passed the House on
  May 17, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, two
  present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor