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  S.B. No. 2215
  relating to the 1st Multicounty Court at Law.
         SECTION 1.  Section 25.2702, Government Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (d) and adding Subsections (d-1) and (d-2) to
  read as follows:
         (d)  The judge of the county court at law shall appoint an
  official court reporter.  The judge may appoint a court
  administrator to aid the judge in the performance of the judge's
  duties.  The official court reporter and the court administrator of
  the county court at law are entitled to receive a salary set by the
  commissioners courts in the counties the reporter or administrator
  serves to be paid out of the county treasuries, either by salary or
  by contract as set by the commissioners courts [the same salary and
  to be paid in the same manner as the official court reporter and
  court administrator, respectively, of the district court in the
  administrative county for the court].  The clerk of the court shall
  tax as costs, in each civil, criminal, and probate case in which a
  record of any part of the evidence in the case is made by the
  reporter, a stenographer's fee of $25.  The fee shall be paid in the
  same manner as other costs in the case.  The clerk collects the fee
  and pays it into the general funds of the counties.
         (d-1)  Fisher, Mitchell, and Nolan Counties shall enter into
  an interlocal agreement allocating the financial obligations of
  each county in relation to the county court at law and the budget,
  powers, and duties of the court and salaries of court personnel.
         (d-2)  If the counties served by the county court at law are
  unable to reach an agreement under Subsection (d-1) before the
  first day of the fiscal year for a county served by the court, each
  county shall pay to the court's administrative county a share of the
  court's administrative and operational costs for the fiscal year
  based on the proportion of the court's caseload originating in the
  county during the preceding year. A county is entitled to
  compensation from the state under Section 25.0015 in proportion to
  the amount paid under this subsection.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2215 passed the Senate on
  April 26, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays 0.
  Secretary of the Senate    
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 2215 passed the House on
  May 22, 2019, by the following vote:  Yeas 135, Nays 9,
  two present not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House