S.B. No. 415
  relating to the court in which certain persons charged with
  misdemeanors punishable by fine only may be arraigned.
         SECTION 1.  Subsection (b), Article 15.17, Code of Criminal
  Procedure, is amended to read as follows:
         (b)  After an accused charged with a misdemeanor punishable
  by fine only is taken before a magistrate under Subsection (a) [of
  this article] and the magistrate has identified the accused with
  certainty, the magistrate may release the accused without bond and
  order the accused to appear at a later date for arraignment in the
  applicable justice [county] court or municipal [statutory county]
  court. The order must state in writing the time, date, and place of
  the arraignment, and the magistrate must sign the order. The
  accused shall receive a copy of the order on release. If an accused
  fails to appear as required by the order, the judge of the court in
  which the accused is required to appear shall issue a warrant for
  the arrest of the accused. If the accused is arrested and brought
  before the judge, the judge may admit the accused to bail, and in
  admitting the accused to bail, the judge should set as the amount of
  bail an amount double that generally set for the offense for which
  the accused was arrested. This subsection does not apply to an
  accused who has previously been convicted of a felony or a
  misdemeanor other than a misdemeanor punishable by fine only.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2009.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 415 passed the Senate on
  May 7, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 415 passed the House on
  May 26, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, one present
  not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House